Par Alexis Gotthold
Published on 24 May 22 at 20:30
The Fermanvillaise won, the Sunday, May 22, 2022le first career singles title, au tournoi from Montemor-o-Novo (25 000 dollars), au Portugal. unite nice reward for the 22 year old playerwho quickly bounced back after the disappointment of his non-invitation to qualifying for Roland-Garros.
Actu : Alice, how did you feel when you concluded your final against Turkey’s Pemra Ozgen, 337th in the WTA rankings (6-1, 6-2)?
Alice Robbe: Happiness, pride. It’s the accomplishment of several years’ work, which I want to share with the people who have believed in me from the start. I hadn’t managed to win a tournament on 15,000 dollars, some people didn’t understand that I was going to the 25,000 dollar stage before I had this title. It’s even more beautiful.
“I will not change my program”
Were there any moments of doubt during this week?
A. R. : Let’s say that from the start, I was pushed around. I lost the first set of the first match (against the Australian Kimberley Birrell, 483rd in the world, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, editor’s note), then in the 2nd round, I had to save four set points (against the Swede Jacqueline Cabaj Awad, 482nd in the world, 7-5, 6-0). It took a while for me to get into it. This week, I did not have an easy match. Admittedly, my level of play has increased, but we had to hold on over time.
The score of the final reveals a one-sided match. How did you experience it, after two defeats in the final?
A. R. : I approached it differently, I can’t explain why. I took this final as a classic match, and it worked for me. After the first set, which I won 6-1, obviously I felt that I was off to a good start, but I didn’t think about winning.
With this victory, Alice Robbe climbed 57 places in the WTA rankings, thus reaching the 326th rank, the highest of her career.
What will this victory change?
A. R. : This lack of victory was not a burden, but now it will give me more confidence, I take it more like that. In any case, I will not change the program. In the end, regardless of my ranking, I will start from 25,000 and 15,000.
Does this victory help to get over the disappointment of not having been invited to qualifying for Roland-Garros?
A. R. : In fact, from the moment I found out that I was not participating in qualifying, it became a week like any other. Having this tournament allowed me to quickly move on. Now, I’m going to try to get into the good rankings to get straight to qualifying.
Are you following up this week?
A. R. : No, I’m going back to the Cotentin, to my parents. I haven’t been able to settle down for at least two months. I really wanted to go home. In addition, I have a birthday to celebrate (she turned 22 on May 10, editor’s note)! My next tournament will probably be in Madrid, where there is a $25,000 and a $60,000.
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