Former world No. 4 Sofia Kenin’s journey at Roland Garros has taken a stark turn since her impressive performance just over two years ago. In the autumn edition of the tournament, Kenin reached the final, coming within a win of lifting the coveted Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen.
However, in the three subsequent editions, she has failed to come close to that milestone. Despite showing glimpses of her potential on clay with a notable victory over Aryna Sabalenka in Rome on May 11, Kenin suffered a disappointing exit in the first round of French Open qualifying to wild card Margaux Rouvroy.
The 16-year-old rising star, Mirra Andreeva, also made a statement by securing a convincing win over the No. 31 seed Polina Kudermetova after an impressive run in the Mutua Madrid Open. Andreeva’s continued success in her Grand Slam qualifying debut showcases her talent and potential.
In men’s qualifying action, several notable players faced early elimination. Americans Denis Kudla and Brandon Holt, as well as the experienced 37-year-old Pablo Cuevas, were among those who failed to advance.
On the other hand, Fabian Marozsan, who emerged as a breakout performer in Rome, began his quest to secure a spot in the main draw at a major tournament. The Hungarian triumphed over Li Tu, claiming a 6-3, 6-4 victory and setting up an intriguing match against the 18-year-old Jerry Shang.
As the French Open qualifying rounds continue, the competition remains fierce as players aim to secure their place in the main draw and make their mark on the prestigious Grand Slam event.