Sports Desk, May 31 (EFE).- Martina Trevisan on Tuesday stunned Leylah Fernandez, the 17th seed, to become the first Italian woman to reach the French Open semifinal in nearly a decade.
Trevisan needed two hours and 21 minutes to defeat the Canadian player 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 and secure her maiden Grand Slam semifinal appearance breaking her previous benchmark which also came in Paris a couple of years ago.
The 28-year-old could have sealed the victory in two sets, when she built on a strong start to the match and carved out a match point, but the Canadian was not just ready to quit her best Ronald Garros campaign.
Fernandez, 19, saved the match point and pushed the second set into a tiebreaker that she managed to win 7-3 to draw at one set apiece.
Trevisan kept her composure and stormed into a 5-1 third-set lead that proved decisive despite dropping her serve again while serving for the match.
When given a third shot, she did not hesitate to clinch the victory to follow in the footsteps of her countrywoman Sara Errani, who made the last-4 in 2013.
Next up for the Italian will be the winner of the all-American quarterfinal match pitting Coco Gauff against Sloane Stephens. EFE