No.1 seed Camila Osorio and 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva will face off for a place in the Roland Garros main draw after both players raced through their second-round qualifying matches.
Osorio needed just 50 minutes to halt the comeback of Sesil Karatantcheva 6-0, 6-1. The Colombian dropped just eight points in the first set against the 33-year-old Bulgarian, who is playing her third tournament back from a four-year hiatus. Though Karatantcheva got on the board in the fourth game of the second set, Osorio maintained her dominance, closing out the match with a sizzling forehand on the run.
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Andreeva’s 6-0, 6-2 scoreline against another Colombian, No.205-ranked Emiliana Arango, was almost as emphatic. After sailing through the opener, though, Andreeva’s ability to finish off points was tested in a second set full of extended rallies. She had to come from an early break down, and pulled through a marathon tussle to reach 5-2 after saving five break points. Exhibiting superb use of angles and shot selection, Andreeva tallied 25 winners to Arango’s six.
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Osorio and Andreeva will meet for the first time. Both made splashes in the past month’s WTA 1000 events, with Andreeva reaching the last 16 in Madrid (in only her second WTA main draw) and Osorio making the same stage in Rome.
Australian Open junior finalist Andreeva is contesting the first Grand Slam qualifying event of her career. Ranked at a career high of No.143, she owns a 19-2 record at pro level this year.
Czech teenagers reach final qualifying round: Sara Bejlek, 17, has qualified for the last two majors; Brenda Fruhvirtova, 16, also made the main draw on her Grand Slam qualifying debut at the Australian Open.
The Czech teenagers are now both one match away from their first Roland Garros main draw appearances after Bejlek defeated Carol Zhao 6-4, 6-1 in 67 minutes and Fruhvirtova overcame Liechtenstein’s Kathinka Von Deichmann 7-6(4), 6-1 in 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Bejlek dominated proceedings against No.177-ranked Zhao, striking 20 winners to the Canadian’s nine. Fruhvirtova took a set to find answers to Von Deichmann’s finesse, though, overturning a 3-1 first-set deficit before pulling away in the second.
Bejlek will next face No.19 seed Viktoria Hruncakova (née Kuzmova), who came from 5-2 down in the first set — saving two set points en route — before quelling 19-year-old French wild card Nina Radovanovic 7-5, 7-6(1). Fruhvirtova will take on another home player, No.190-ranked Alice Robbe, who defeated Reka Luca Jani 7-6(4), 7-5.
Former Top 100 players Townsend, Yastremska, Minnen advance: Taylor Townsend and Dayana Yastremska both triumphed in rollercoasters to reach the final round. In a match filled with terrific touch and tactical play, Townsend recovered from a one-sided opening set to defeat No.20 seed Kaja Juvan 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The American, a finalist at the Paris 125 last week, sealed victory after 1 hour and 52 minutes with a forehand volley — her 22nd net point won out of 29 approaches of the day.
Yastremska served for a straight-sets victory over Sachia Vickery at 5-4 in the second set and was two points from the win in that game. However, the Ukrainian ultimately wrapped it up 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in 2 hours and 15 minutes, converting match point with a volley winner — her 35th of the contest, against 55 unforced errors.
The 23-year-old former No.21 will next face the in-form No.25 seed Greet Minnen, who was an efficient 6-4, 6-1 winner over Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Former No.69 Minnen started 2023 outside the Top 200, but is back up to No.119 after compiling a 36-9 record so far this season. The Belgian has reached at least the semifinals in all but one tournament she has entered since January, including consecutive runner-up showings this month at the Saint-Malo 125 and Trnava ITF W100 events.
More to come…