Trevisan plotting for another Paris fairytale

Italian is on a seven-match winning streak and is eyeing another standout run at Roland-Garros

Martina Trevisan, Roland Garros 2022, second round© Andre Ferreira/FFT
 - Alex Sharp

Former quarter-finalist Martina Trevisan is relishing being back on familiar ground, and feels ready to go even farther than she's been before.

The Italian has returned to the Roland-Garros third round - for a second time in three years - and is riding the crest of a winning wave, having lifted her maiden WTA title in Rabat, Morocco, last week.

Staying in the moment

The world No.59 has only dropped seven games to reach the last-32 stage and is feeling in the groove again in Paris.

“I feel that I'm so focused on every ball and it's not surprising because I won a lot of matches,” said the 28-year-old from Florence.

“I'm feeling good on court and I stay there and fight for every ball and I'm not feeling guilty if I make a mistake. In this moment I feel that it's my moment.”

Trevisan whipped her graceful left-handed forehand and utilised an athletic game to breeze past Ons Jabeur's conqueror Magda Linette on Wednesday.

The Italian isn’t concerned by fatigue from her triumph in Morocco, intent on maintaining that momentum at her most successful Grand Slam.

“Of course these two weeks were very busy, but also very tough moment for me. I was present, I was there every moment. That can take a lot out of you," she explained.

“But I’ve kept improving and I think that all the matches that I played in the last few days helped me a lot in this match.”

Talk of 2020 brings a smile to the 28-year-old’s face. Roland-Garros two years ago was her finest major on paper, taking out compatriot Camila Giorgi, Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Kiki Bertens en route to a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

Only eventual champion and current world No.1 Iga Swiatek could stop Trevisan in her tracks.

It’s a run that continues to inspire her in Paris.

“I'm so superstitious so every day I'm doing the same thing since the first day. So here I have great memories from 2020, of course, and I like here because the courts and the bounce, it's very high for me and I can play my best tennis with my lefty forehand,” said Trevisan, who is seeking success with familiarity.

“I will keep running, keep fighting and every ball I will try to be focused and try to play my best game here with my forehand, I try with my serve. I will do the same thing. Like every day.”

Martina Trevisan, Roland Garros 2022, second round© Andre Ferreira/FFT

Resurgent Australian Daria Saville stands in her path in the third round, a player Trevisan knows very well from a recent hit.

“It's our first match, but I warmed up with her this morning,” revealed the Italian, after her straight sets scoreline over the 52nd-ranked Linette on Wednesday.

“I know her since long time. If she beat Kvitova, I think she is in good shape also for her. So it will be a very tough match, she's a fighter, she runs a lot, so I will prepare with my team and do our best.”