The dream has evaporated. Soared like his wooded backhand in the Parisian sky on the 4th match point. Revelation of the Roland-Garros tournament on the French side – with Léolia Jeanjean who is playing the 3rd round on Saturday against the Romanian Bégu – Diane Parry was eliminated, in the 3rd round, this Friday afternoon, by the experienced Sloane Stephens. In two sets (6-2, 6-3) and 1h42 of play. If the American is currently ranked 64th in the world, she had reached the Roland-Garros final in 2018 and occupied 3rd place in the WTA the same year. This time the opposition was therefore too strong by the young Blue (19 years old). “I missed a lot of things, recognized the Frenchwoman afterwards. She really is a top level player, she showed it today. It shows us precisely everything that is wrong and everything there is to improve in our game. It is positive at the same time, because it shows what I have to work on for the future. Afterwards, I am disappointed not to have managed to do better in this match. “Perhaps overtaken by the immense stakes of a first 3rd round in Grand Slam – “absolutely not, I was concentrated, there was no particular stress”, she assures -, Parry does not never seemed to break free. Or too late and too rarely like that long line forehand to save a first match point and that authoritative climb to the net just after. Episodic reactions which must increase a little more the frustration of the Frenchwoman. Because she showed that she could play eye to eye with her opponent when she finally let go of her shots. She made an appointment with the future For a round and a half, the feverish Frenchwoman was only the shadow of the powerful and precise player seen since the beginning of the week. While her one-handed backhand and forehand had been so effective in previous rounds against Czech world No. 2 and defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and Colombian Camila Osorio, this time they rarely disturbed his opponent. The TC Boulogne-Billancourt player stammered her game for a long time, like this failed smash at 4-1 in the second set which could have given her a break point… But when the fate of the match seemed sealed, the young Française recovered, began to let go of her blows. Finally ! His clan, complete in his box, and the public of the Central, who chanted his name, and the “Here it’s Parry”, began to believe in an unlikely comeback. Trailing 5-1, she managed to save a first match point by taking the initiative in the game. It was then that the match was interrupted for about ten minutes following the discomfort of a spectator who was finally evacuated. After this pause, Parry regained his claw, his aggressiveness. Goes back to 5-3. But the awakening was too late. The beautiful Parisian adventure of the French stopped there. “She plays the important moments really well, she plays fair, confides the former junior world champion. You can see the difference in a lot of compartments. “Despite the legitimate disappointment, the player who learned tennis at the Le Gallo stadium in Boulogne-Billancourt, not far from the alleys of Roland-Garros, and dreamed as a child of playing on this Central by passing in front of it on a scooter, made an appointment. you with the future. Ranked 97th in the world before the tournament, she should jump up the rankings. If his adventure on the clay courts of Porte d’Auteuil is now over, we should still hear about Parry soon. And maybe as soon as the next Grand Slam at Wimbledon, on a surface that she “appreciates a lot” and on which she takes “a lot of pleasure to play”. “I will resume training next week to continue to work well and arrive as ready as possible for my next tournaments, announces Parry. I think I will do a WTA tournament again on clay and then maybe I will switch to grass. In any case, the idea is to continue to be on the big circuit, to play big tournaments and very good players. This is how I will progress. »
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