Maryna Zanevska (WTA-259) was unable to stunt on Tuesday in the second round of the Strasbourg WTA tournament. The 27-year-old Belgian of Ukrainian origin lost 6-1 and 6-4 to Canadian Bianca Andreescu (WTA-7). A logical defeat: Andreescu is the first seed on the clay court in Alsace, while Zanevska placed himself on the main table through the qualifications. Nevertheless, the disappointment turned out to be great. “I am disappointed and angry with myself,” said Zanevska.
“I really expected a much better game. I had trouble getting into the rhythm. The second set (in which she took a 2-4 lead) was a bit better. The big problem is that because of my low ranking I miss experience against opponents of this caliber. I made way too many mistakes. Not even my forehand, my strong weapon, turned. Then you can shake things up at this level. ”
“The fact that I played a fourth game here on as many days also took its toll. I had some trouble with the left knee. Of course it is nice that I reached the second round of a WTA for the first time in a long time, but I want more. At the age of 27 I have come to a point in my career that I cannot and should not be satisfied with this. ”
The next goal for Zanevska is Wimbledon. “Thanks to the course I covered here, I have a place on the qualifying table. I would also have liked to play Roland-Garros, but due to back problems and the pandemic I did not play for nine months and I fell too low on the WTA ranking. This was my last chance to qualify for Wimbledon and I’m glad I took it. Because of those persistent back problems, I even raised questions about my future as a tennis player, but now I have a clear goal again: to put myself on the main table in Wimbledon! ”
Zanevska has already played six Grand Slams, including Wimbledon once, in 2017, the year in which she also achieved her highest WTA ranking with a 105th place. She did not manage to reach the second round on a Grand Slam.