Now Zarazua is writing her own page in the family history as the first Mexican woman to reach a major main draw since Angelica Gavaldon at Australian Open 2000. The results had been ringing in prior to lockdown as a semi-finalist on home soil in Acapulco back in February.
“I feel very happy. Not a lot of people would have expected this to happen. I’ve always believed in myself and I’ve been working really hard to get these kind of results,” continued the Florida resident. “I’m just proud to be representing Mexico in the main draw.”
Rewind to 2018 and Zarazua didn’t grab her opportunity in three first hurdle exits in major qualifying.
“Two years ago I think I was just so happy to be involved, it’s bad, I felt ‘I’ve made it,’” admitted the world No.178. “This time I’m more prepared for my favourite Slam.”
Signal of intent
Earlier this month, Marta Kostyuk shot back into prominence by taking eventual US Open champion Naomi Osaka to a decider.
Now the teenager has sent out a signal of intent in Paris, after successfully qualifying for the Roland-Garros main draw for the first time in her career.
“I think I obviously can do some damage here. A lot of players are afraid of me, they know I can play very well. It’s a great feeling to have to be honest,” insisted the 18-year-old, happy to compete as favourite or by taking the ‘underdog’ tag.
“I don’t mind either way. I just need to refresh and reset, it’s like a new tournament now.”