Frenchman Jeanjean in the spotlight with Pliskova victory in Paris | Tennis News

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French joker Leolia Jeanjean caused a major upset at Roland Garros when she destroyed former world number one Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-2 in the second round on Thursday.
Jeanjean, 26, is a former French tennis great who ended up living on minimum wage after a knee injury suffered at the age of 15 kept her away from the courts for two years.
Dropped by Nike, which had offered him a 10-year sponsorship contract, and by the French federation, which had given him a full-time coach at 12, Jeanjean left to study in the United States at Lynn University in Florida.
She returned to tennis after five years in the United States only to have her comeback slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was living on minimum wage and I wasn’t living day to day, but week to week. I was putting all the money I had into a week of tournaments and if they were going well I had another week. , but if they went badly, I didn’t play for two months because it was financially impossible,” she said.
On Thursday, Jeanjean edged eighth seed Pliskova, a semi-finalist here in 2017, to advance to the third round.
“I couldn’t try to control it, it was impossible, so I had to try to derail it and it worked perfectly,” she said on court Simonne Mathieu.
Jeanjean, whose first ascent had drawn comparisons with Martina Hingis, will then face the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, the 30th seed, or the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.



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