Five things to know about Martina Trevisan, the French Open semi-finalist for the first time

PARIS – Two years after qualifying to qualify for her first quarter-final at Roland Garros, Italian Martina Trevisan has taken it one step further.

On Tuesday, Trevisan, 28, defeated 17th seed Leila Fernandez 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the slam semi-finals. On Thursday, she will face Coco Gauff for a place in Saturday’s final.

Trevisan beats Fernandez at the French Open for the first time with his 10th consecutive big win

You may not be a household name, but Trevisan is someone we should start to remember. Here are some things you might not know about her.

An eating disorder knocked her out of the game for four years

Trevisan’s path was not easy. in 2020, I wrote a very personal blog post on the Italian website The Owl Post In it, she wrote about her suffering from anorexia, which kept her out of tennis for four years.

Trevisan sought professional treatment for her eating disorder.

“I’ve been re-educated to eat, to come to terms with my surgeon,” she wrote. “To appreciate my new body, forgive those who have made mistakes, and find my time to do things.”

Eventually, she found herself with a racket in hand, not for competition but for training at her local club. But Trevisan reconnected with the sport that brought her such happiness, and by 2014 she was making her way through the lower rungs of the sport.

“I think everyone has an important life,” Trevisan said after her quarter-final win. “I think the importance, who I am now, is that I’m happy on the court. I do what I love.

“My past is the past, and it has helped me to be in the present, to be who I am now.”

For more on Trevisan’s trip, read Karen Krause’s reporting on New York times During the Italian Grand Prix in 2020.

You survived the toughest quarter in a draw

In the quarter-drawing led by No. 4 and No. 6 seed Maria Saccari Anas Jaber, along with names like Amanda Anisimova, Belinda Bencic, Angelique Kerber, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Emma Radocano and Petra Kvitova, she was ranked 59th – the Italian was ranked as the last woman standing.

Trevisan’s path into week two was paved with Jabeur’s early exit on day one, as the two could have been opponents in round two. Instead, Britain’s Trevisan defeated Harriet Dart, Jabber won Magda Lynette, and Daria Savile (who ousted Kvitova), to go back to the second week. In the round of 16, Trevisan finished Alexandra Sasnovic’s race, keeping her nerve to stop Fernandez, who beat Bencic and Anisimova.

She’s building her own line

The world’s number 1 ranked Iga Swiatek’s streak of 32 matches might dominate the conversation, but Trevisan has been quietly building an impressive trajectory as well. A week before the French Open, Trevisan claimed her first title on the Hologic WTA Tour, winning on clay in Rabat. Including her win over Garbiñe Muguruza, her second against a top-ten opponent, Trevisan has been unstoppable since. Her victory over Fernandez was her 10th in a row. I only lost two sets during this stretch.

Playing in the week prior to a major is always a difficult decision, even more difficult when you are already doing well. Paula Padusa discovered it in January, when she won the Sydney title and eventually ran out of gas in the round of 16 at the Australian Open. It’s a tough balance between confidence, looks, and fatigue, and not everyone gets it right.

Among those who got it right was last year’s Roland Garros champion Barbora Krezhikova, who capitalized on her first WTA title in Strasbourg to claim the title in Paris.

Trevisan knew it could be tough after five games in Rabat, but she managed it efficiently. Prior to losing the second set in the tiebreak to Fernandez in the quarter-finals, Trevisan had not lost a set in Paris. She said that her conscious effort to keep her balance and not get caught up in emotions on the court helped her conserve energy as well.

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She is part of an existing group of Italian players who have big boots to fill

The Italian women’s golden generation, led by 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta and 2010 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci and 2012 French Open final runner-up Sarah Irani, cast a major shadow over the women behind them. But at 28, Trevisan is now the first to run in a major semi-final in the group.

“I saw Flavia and Francesca yesterday because they are playing in the Legends Championship,” Trevisan said. “For me, they have been and are, now, a huge inspiration to me.”

Alongside Camila Giorgi, Jasmine Paolini, and Lucia Bronzetti, Trevisan finds inspiration and camaraderie. Last year, Giorgi advanced to win Montreal, her first World Tennis 1000 title.

Martina is very funny. Paolini told WTA earlier this month. “She lives 40 minutes from where she was born, so we’re from the same part of Italy – with her I think we have a special relationship.”

Don’t count on them for a place in the final

On Thursday, Trevisan will face Goff. On her way to her first major quarter-final at Roland Garros in 2020, she defeated Trevisan Gave 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 In the second round meeting. Prior to their match two years ago, Trevisan described Goff as the most talented young player in the world. The Italian handled 16-year-old Gauff in cold, heavy night conditions and she’ll know what to expect this time too.

In the past, Trevisan has let the moment get past her, but the key to her progress in Paris has been to immerse yourself in the moment. Do not panic. Martina Trevisan spends the most beautiful times of her life. After seeing match point come and go against Fernandes in the second set, Trevisan refocused by looking.

“I looked around and I was in the most important stadium in the world,” Trevisan said. “Even I got really nervous and I was really nervous, because even my arm felt it, but I was happy anyway. I accepted the situation, because, like I said, it was natural to get nervous because I was playing for I was in the semi-finals, and I was at match point.

“So I accepted the situation and tried to focus on every point. That was, I think, the most important thing I did today.”