The course of the Greek champion Valentini Grammatikoupoulou, as well as last year, ended in the second qualifying round of Roland Garros, which means she stayed out of the main dashboard. She made a great show for one set, but this wasn’t enough to give her the ticket for the 3rd and final qualifying round on the women’s dashboard.
Her 19-year-old Russian opponent, Anna Kalinskaya, managed to make a great reversal against Valentini, and qualified herself in the next stage with 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
After 1 hour and 36 minutes of play, Kalinskaya qualified for the next round to claim her entry to the main draw of the French Open against Viktorija Golubic tomorrow.
Kalinskaya started the confrontation better with a break in the fifth game of the match, and the score was 2-2. The Russian player took advantage of the second chance for a break that created and “broke” for the first time the Greek player’s servise, making it 3-2 for her.
But then, the Greek champion has picked up her pace, took back the brake in the next game by making 3-3 and by winning three consecutive games she got the set impressively with 3-6!
The Russian player after the loss of the starting set, called for a medical timeout outside the court and was withdrawn for a moment in the locker room.
When she got back, the match continued, with Valentini starting momentum and the second part of the match, “breaking” the Kalinskaya’s service with 3-6, 0-1.
After a long-lasting game, Valentini lost three chances to make the 3-6, 0-2 and after giving the break point to Kalinskaya, in the second set, she accepted the break back, which played an important role in the match.
The Russian won another five games, made the 6-1 and equalized to 1-1 by sending the match to a third and decisive set.
Finally, Kalinskaya was able to widen the winning streak of winning games to 10. She turned the 3-6, 0-1 to 3-6, 6-1, 4-0 and the 21-year-old Greek player couldn’t turn the match, so she gave the victory to Kalinskaya, which had the coveted win, although she lost two games in the third set.
However, with this course until the 2nd round of Roland Garros, Valentini Grammatikoupoulou will win two positions in the world ranking from next week, reaching the world’s No. 174!