Athletistic/Tennis. Two-time WTA champion and former world number three Nadezhda Petrova shared her thoughts on Roland Garros 2024.

– Who became the main discovery of French TBS for you – for men and women?

– Let’s start with women. To be honest, I didn’t expect such a performance from Paolini at all. This year she showed excellent results, winning a major tournament in Dubai, but the Italian has never played at this level on clay. And his debut in the top 10 of the Slam at such a mature age and with his physical data (Paolini measures 163 cm) is truly impressive. In Paris, Jasmine looked simply magnificent. She loved the game, always smiling, fighting for every point. She earned her place in the semi-final thanks to great efforts, well done!

Of course, we must not forget Mirra. For the first time in her career, Andreeva was faced with the fact that she had to defend so many points at a major tournament. And she did perfectly, progressing even further in the tournament category. A Slam semi-final at 17 is an impressive result. It’s a shame that she had a very short break between the quarter-finals and semi-finals. If circumstances had been a little different, she could have reached the final against Iga Swiatek.

Among the men, Matteo Arnaldi made a big impression on me. The Italian doesn’t have an impressive athletic physique, but his ease of movement and powerful forehand are remarkable. At Roland Garros, Matteo had several important victories, including a victory over Andrei Rublev in the third round. The match with Stefanos Tsitsipas was quite balanced.