“Everything that happened when I was young, I put it away in the corner of my head”: Léolia Jeanjean ready to continue her rebirth against Swiatek

“Everything that happened when I was young, I put it away in the corner of my head”: Léolia Jeanjean ready to continue her rebirth against Swiatek

La joie de l'Héraultaise au moment de se qualifier pour le tableau final. MAXPPP – Matthieu Mirville

Boudée par sa Fédération pour une wild-card, Léolia Jeanjean a prouvé sa valeur en passant par les qualifs pour rejoindre le premier tour de Roland-Garros où elle affrontera Iga Swiatek, ce lundi, après un début de carrière contrarié.

All the players on the world circuit persist in saying it: the qualifications for a Grand Slam can be compared to a merciless jungle where only the strongest emerge alive after having won the trifle of three matches. rsquo;straight. Which doesn't happen that often in a season for many of these players, all rounds combined.

At this little game, there is a Montpellier woman who excels. As during the Australian Open at the start of the year, Léolia Jeanjean managed to enter the final draw of Roland-Garros by going through what she herself calls, "the war" qualifications.

But what is the recipe after all ? "I don't know, she smiled. What is certain is that I surpass myself. I think the mental aspect plays a huge role in qualifying because we are all very nervous. For me, it’s really something that boosts me. I think it shows that I still have the level to play the table", explains the only Frenchwoman to come out of qualifying last week.

Two careers in one

Going to get things herself, the Hérault resident knows what that means. For several years now, Jeanjean has transformed into a phoenix. After a very very promising start to her career where she rubbed shoulders with Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, and big brands quickly took an interest in her, a serious injury cut her down during her first flight.

Starting from scratch after her studies in the United States when she did not speak a word of English, the native of Montpellier first scored her first points before multiplying tournaments and playing her first Roland-Garros, three years ago.

"This is only my third year on the circuit"

During which she honored her then invitation by beating the world No.8 at the time, Karolina Pliskova. "At that time, I had really started a new career, she says. Everything that happened when I was young, I put it away in the corner of my mind."

"I was 18 years old today I'm 28 and water has flowed under the bridges. Since then I have studied and come back from nothing. Now everything is new to me, it’s a bit like I was young because it’s only my third year on the circuit", abounds- she.

"Given the jails she gave to several top 20 and top 10 players…"

Léolia Jeanjean will in any case have big chills this Monday afternoon when she enters the Court Philippe-Chatrier. Where she will have to face the queen of women's tennis at the moment, the Polish and world No.1, Iga Swiatek.

"On paper, it’s still the dream of a lot of players, she smiles . I'm going to try to have as much fun as possible. And if it doesn't go well, I wouldn't have been the only one, given the jails she gave several players in the top 20 and top 10…"< /em>

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