Nadia Podoroska did not play a single exhibition match during the pandemic break and yet, she has notched up 49 matches this season already across the different tiers of tennis in a very short span of time.
As compared to that, her opponent in their upcoming French Open 2020 semifinal, Iga Swiatek has featured in only 29.
And while it wouldn’t be too surprising if one thought Podoroska could face exhaustion as one of her challenges in this match, the Argentine herself says she isn’t too tired.
Speaking to the media before her maiden Grand Slam semifinal, Podoroska said she felt fresh and was facing no pains or injuries leading up to her encounter against Swiatek.
“Fortunately I am completely fresh, I don’t have any pains or any problems in my body.”
She pointed to her lead-up to the French Open this year where she was involved in the Prague Open and the Saint-Malo ITF tournament, where she played in six and five matches respectively followed by the three qualifying rounds at the French Open as well, calling it a “good experience”.
“The week before Roland-Garros I also won a tournament. I played five more matches in a row. So fortunately I am good. It was a very good experience for me. The week before that tournament, I also played too many matches in Prague.”
Forget exhaustion, Podoroska has, in fact, credited her run at the French Open to the confidence she has attained fro playing so many matches.
“During this whole year I have been so, so good, I have a lot of confidence, I think it was good to have so many matches this weird year and it’s helping me a lot.”
Podoroska’s win-loss ratio of 43-6 is one of the best across the circuits, and wins over Yulia Putintseva and Elina Svitolina would have only bolstered her confidence as was evident from her chat with the media. What’s interesting to note is Podoroska’s not just won on clay, having started off the season with back to back ITF tournament wins on hard court surfaces.
Having made a brilliant switch over to clay, she will now look to convert and make this her maiden title-decider at a Grand Slam.