A bitter end to a great adventure. Diane Parry did not hide her disappointment when answering questions from journalists, less than an hour after her elimination in the third round of Roland-Garros on Friday May 27. The 19-year-old Frenchwoman was swept away by American Sloane Stephens (6-2, 6-3), finalist in 2018 in Paris. “There, right away, I’m disappointed, it’s normal when hotshe explained. Disappointed because I felt that if I had given fewer fouls for free, if I had felt my backhand better, I could have done better.”
But no question of feeling sorry for this defeat. “When I look at my career I’m satisfied, it’s my best performance in a Grand Slamshe continued. I will keep the positive of my two matches won but also the negative of today.” On a cloud against Barbora Krejcikova and Camila Osorio, the Frenchwoman had a hard return to Earth. “I missed a lot of things today, she’s a top level player and she showed itanalyzed Diane Parry. It shows us exactly what is wrong and what there is to improve in our game.”
Having just entered the WTA Top 100 in February, the Parisian was able to measure the distance she still has to go. “I really felt it [l’écart avec les meilleurs joueuses] today, because we can perhaps feel at the same level from time to time on exchanges, in strikes, but in the end, we see that she always pushes us to take one more shot, which leads to mistakes a good part of the time. She plays the important moments really well, she just plays. You can see the difference in a lot of compartments.”
With these two rounds passed in Grand Slam, the French will climb around the 81st place WTA at the end of the fortnight. She also recovers a nice jackpot of 125,800 euros, enough to finance her early career on the main circuit. And think about what’s next. “I will take a week of training next week to continue to work well and arrive as ready as possible for my next tournaments, she explained. I think I will redo a tournament on clay, a WTA, and then move on to grass. I will see with my coach.“
At just 19 years old, Diane Parry intends to make her nest at the highest level. “You have to continue to be on the big circuit, to play big tournaments and very good players, like that, it’s sure that it will make me progress.“The next step? Wimbledon, in just one month (June 27 to July 10), for her first professional appearance.”The grass is really a surface that I really appreciate, she pointed out. I really enjoy playing on it. I’m happy to go back this year to play Wimbledon.“Appointment is made.