Andreea Mitu wanted to quit tennis a year ago, but this season things started coming into place for the world No.100 Romanian and an icing on the cake is her Saturday’s triumph over former champion Francesca Schiavone in third round of the French Open in straight sets, 7-5 6-4. The victory over Schiavone comes just days after Mitu recorded her first Grand Slam match win, in the first round against Alize Lim, which was followed by a second-round upset of seed No.12 Karolina Pliskova. Actually, this week alone the 23-year-old has already earned about 60% of what had been her career prize money when Roland Garros began.
Thanks to the Tennis Island that created an excellent Beginner’s Guide to Andreea Mitu, I learned that the Romanian has achieved an amazing number of milestones in recent months:
- won her first WTA main draw match, by retirement of world No.30 Varvara Lepchenko at the 2015 Family Circle Cup in Charleston
- won her first complete WTA main draw match against Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round of Charleston
- first Top 10 win in the Fed Cup against Eugenie Bouchard in April
- Top 100 debut in the WTA rankings after qualifying for Madrid
In the fourth round of the 2015 French Open, Mitu, who is now bound to go further up the WTA rankings, is set to play another unlikely player in the round of 16, No. 93 Alison van Uytvanck, the conqueror of Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4 6-1. (photo: Jimmie48)
Unfortunately she lost today against Van Uytvanck. RG 15 has a very open draw now with Sharapova also ousted by Lucie Safarova.
Yeah, how about that “Lucy in the sky, with diamonds” Safarova! She’s got the goods, I tell you. Quite impressive outing of Sharapova! I’m rooting for her against Muguruza.
CORRECTION: I meant “ousting” of Sharapova in my previous post. Of course, Sharapova is out of the French Open, ineed.
Agree, really impressive, although it has been close before! Hopefully, she can oust Ivanovic as well. Go Lucie!
Romania has to be an interesting country to play tennis for. Halep skyrocketed to stardom last year and has struggled this year. Cirstea made it to a final as a qualifier and has floundered recently. Mitu has done what JJ thought to doing at one time, quitting. They always have a breakout moment where they renew their love for what they do. I hope Halep finds her confidence soon.