August 9, 2022

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Two outsiders get career boosts at the French Open

Two outsiders get career boosts at the French Open

Janjin faced many obstacles – financial and otherwise – on her part. Until her early teens, she was considered one of the most promising emerging players in Europe and was given the services of a full-time personal trainer by the French Tennis Federation at the age of 12.

Dominating the competition at her age, she drew some comparisons with Martina Hingis, the Swiss prodigy who played tennis as if it were chess, adjusting her tactics depending on her opponents and rarely trying to beat a point when dexterity was still an option.

But a major knee injury halted Jengin’s progress, and she eventually chose to study in the United States, playing in Division I tennis in Baylor, Arkansas before finishing her eligibility at Division 2 Lane, a small private university in Boca Raton, Florida. She was a prominent player and obtained her MBA degree in 2019.

But it’s a huge leap from second division distinction to Roland Garros, which she hasn’t even visited for 10 years.

She said Thursday after cheating on Pliskova, the former No. 1 seed still working her way back from injury, with changing her tempo to win 6-2, 6-2. “I thought I’d beat it up and see the winners fly by my side everywhere, but that’s not the case.”

Janjin said that for “four or five years” she never thought she would play in a Grand Slam tournament, but driven by a desire to honor the potential she showed in her youth, she decided to give herself a “second chance”. She was ranked in the thousand at the beginning of 2021, and without sponsors she relied on state subsistence funds and some help from her father, according to French sports publication L’Equipe.

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Now that she’s worked her way through the minor leagues and earned less than $20,000 in career prize money, she’s at big time has a chance to grow up, considering she faces Irina Camelia Bego, the unseeded Romanian, in the third round in .Saturday.