Zidanšek makes Slovenian tennis history

Paris – Tamara Zidanšek has made Slovenian tennis history by advancing to the quarter-final of the French Open as the first Slovenian woman to do so in a singles competition since 1977.

Zidanšek defeated the Romanian Sorani Cirstea 7:6 (4), 6:1 on Sunday and will play the Spaniard Paula Badosa tomorrow.

The last time a Slovenian female player was in the singles quarter-final of a grand slam tournament was in 1977, when Mima Jaušovec ended up winning the Roland Garros.

“I’ve not yet really grasped what has happened. I’m trying to follow my instinct and it’s working,” the 23-year-old Zidanšek said.

“I knew before the tournament I was prepared and capable of aiming high, but I was not thinking about how high I could reach,” she said.

Zidanšek placed 85th on the WTA rankings prior do the tournament.