French Open: Rittner raves about “lion fighter” Korpatsch

French Open: Rittner raves about “lion fighter” Korpatsch

Pain and injuries are constant companions for Tamara Korpatsch. Even before the French Open. But she defies the circumstances and is the only German tennis player in the second round.

Tamara Korpatsch is the only German tennis player to have reached the second round of the French Open, almost straight away. Due to persistent back pain, she “had a two-month break and done nothing and only had one week of preparation,” said the 29-year-old after her hard-fought three-set victory in the match tiebreak against Ashlyn Krueger from the USA.

She “tried to ignore” the cramps in her foot at the end of the three-hour exchange of blows. And she succeeded. “Huge congratulations to this lion fighter Tamara Korpatsch,” said former national coach Barbara Rittner on Eurosport: “She really deserves to be in the second round here.”

But is she strong enough to face the seventh seeded Chinese Zheng Qinwen as her next opponent? “Even if I’m half broken or completely broken – I still have the strength to fight,” stressed the Hamburg native, who also has a realistic chance of qualifying for the Olympics thanks to her first-round victory at the Stade Roland Garros.

A syringe with consequences

She also had injections in her back for her French Open start – with initially bad consequences. “About 20 minutes later I fainted in the car, that was bad,” Korpatsch said. Her parents even “panicked.”

It is a shame that she is the only one of six German players in the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament on clay to be in the second round. But the world number 79 also stressed: “I only look out for myself.” Especially since she has “never received any support” from the German Tennis Association, “and I can say: I am even more proud that I managed it alone with my parents and my family.”

Source: Stern

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