When Martina Trevisan roared into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the tennis world had never looked more different. Then 26, the Italian was playing only her second major main draw at the pandemic-postponed 2020 Roland Garros—under dreary autumn weather and in front of truncated crowds.
In the 18 months since Trevisan, daughter of a tennis coach and sister of an ATP pro, descended from the mountain of her career breakthrough only to climb back up towards even greater, looking to combine her first WTA title with a return to the last eight in Paris.
“I'm so superstitious so every day I'm doing the same thing since the first day,” she said after defeating Magda Linette on Wednesday. “So here I have great memories from 2020, of course, and I like here because courts and the bounce, it's very high for me and I can play my best tennis with my lefty forehand.”
Where it took Trevisan seven straight wins to reach the quarters as a qualifier in 2020, her straight-set victory over Daria Saville extended her current win streak to eight in a row, having won the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Mereym in Rabat just last week.
There she rallied from a set down to shock top seed Garbiñe Muguruza before losing just three games to Claire Liu in the final.