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Last tango in Paris for Medina Garrigues
The Spaniard will be calling time on her singles career after Roland Garros, and on Wednesday afternoon she was made to fight all the way to keep her dream alive of one last Slam appearance by young world No.314 Jade Suvrijn.
In the red corner, the 31-year-old Spaniard with 15 years' experience on the circuit and who once sat as high as No.16 in the world. In the blue corner, the 19-year-old Frenchwoman who has her whole career ahead of her. On paper it looked like a mismatch, but in the end the two players went at it hammer and tongs in an encounter which swung this way and that. And at the end of the day, after two hours and 37 minutes, experience won the day with Anabel Medina Garrigues recording a tense, hard-fought 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win over Jade Suvrijn.
"Our games are quite similar so it was tough, but I survived," said the Spaniard, who cut a relieved figure as she came off Court No.6. "I really wanted to come to Paris, even if I had to go through the qualifiers, because it's a very special tournament for me (having won the women's doubles here in 2008 and 2009). I've also decided that it will be my last singles tournament as I'm going to concentrate on doubles from now on," said the former world No.3 in the discipline, a ranking which she achieved in 2008. "I'm glad that I got through this match. The adventure can continue for a while longer."
13th and final Roland Garros
This is Medina's 13th and final Roland Garros. Back in 2007, she made it through to the second week before losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round. She is a genuine clay-court specialist but has been suffering from persistent knee troubles for a number of years now. She has been a shadow of her former self this season, failing to win a single match on the WTA circuit (in eight tournaments). The world No.213 will now face 20-year-old Czech Tereza Smitkova (No.185) in the next round, in the hope of keeping the dream alive.