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The Colombian player of the junior category expressed how she felt after her extraordinary participation in France
María Camila Osorio took a giant step in her career in the past Roland Garros Junior, where she reached the semifinals for the first time at only 17 years old. Now, Osorio must demonstrate in what remains of the season that what she has achieved is not the result of luck. In LatinAmerican Post, we want to remember this unforgettable performance step by step.
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From Paris and after her elimination, Osorio said: "I am very happy for what I did today, now I have to concentrate and continue with what is coming, I have played with her several times and I think I can reach my first Grand Slam Final", reflected El Espectador.
"I'm left with the distaste of not being able to reach my first Grand Slam final, but I know I'm still on the rise and as always happens in sports, I'll have my revenge. I am very proud of the work I have been doing with my coach and I am sure that very soon I will fulfill my dream of winning a tournament in this category," said the Colombian player from European territory, in statements compiled by La Opinion.
For those who do not follow tennis frequently, perhaps the breakthrough of Osorio at Roland Garros was surprising, but for those who have detailed her career, what happened was natural after a successful process.
Her first warning came with a fifth place in the ITF Junior Masters. There, she became the first Colombian tennis player to compete in the tournament that brings together the eight best male and female athletes of the year in the Junior division. She was also the youngest player in history to give Colombia a point in the Federation Cup.
Subsequently, she was a medalist in South American Youth Games Santiago 2017, gold singles and mixed doubles and silver in women's doubles. She was champion of the Paneiras Cup, the Banana Bowl, the Asunción Bowl, the Coffee Cup and the Barranquilla Cup in 2018.
More recently, she was awarded the silver medal in mixed doubles and bronze in individual at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018. Then, she was a semifinalist of the US Open Youth in 2018. A talent that does not stop growing and one that we will have to follow very closely.
This was her Roland Garros performance
The young woman, who the ex-tennis player Alejandro Falla trains, beat Argentina's Ana Geller in the first round in two sets by 6-3 and 6-1. Subsequently, she obtained her pass to the second round (third time she gets it in this competition) beating Hong Kong's Hong Yi Cody Wong with partial 6-4, 3-6 and 6-1.
Marca said that the game against the Asian extended by 1 hour and 40 minutes and the effectiveness of the Colombian with 80% in her first serve was highlighted, which allowed her to balance the four double faults committed.
María Camila became stronger and stronger. In the round of 16, she beat Slovakian Romina Cisovska 6-3, 7-5 and, just an hour later, she went back to the court to play the quarterfinals against Alina Charaeva.
The quarterfinals arrived and Osorio was able to overcome the Russian Charaeva by a double 6-3, thanks to the greater dominion that she showed before Yi Codi Wong and Cisovska, based on her powerful forehand and making her rival run to wear her out quickly, El Espectador and practically all the media of Colombia reviewed.
Osorio, who is characterized by a regular serve and her aggressiveness when returning the ball, got that victory and became the second best performance of a Colombian in this contest, because in 2007 Mariana Duque reached the final against the French Alize Cornet, to whom she succumbed by 6-4, 6-1 and 6-0.
And the semifinal arrived!
El Espectador recalled that this was the second semifinal of a Grand Slam for Osorio, because in 2018 she had settled in the same round at the US Open. Her rival this time was the Canadian Leylah Fernandez. El Nuevo Siglo added that Osorio had already reached this stage in 2017, when she lost to the American Amanda Anisimova; and in 2018; when she was beaten by the Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez.
It must be said that Osorio had an outstanding performance in doubles, making a duet with Taiwanese Joanna Garland, but being eliminated in the second phase by the couple that made Linda Fruhvirtova (Czech Republic) and Robin Montgomery (United States), told El Informador.
RCN Radio reflected that the Colombian, prior to the game against Fernandez, had a demanding duel in doubles and left with discomfort, so she could not sustain the rhythm of competition shown until then and lost several important balls that made her give in to the Canadian. Fernandez won easily by 6-2 and 6-4 and broke his opponent's serve three times.
An important aspect that shows, even more, Osorio's level is that Fernandez ended up crowned champion of that tournament. Similarly, the Canadian had also been Osorio's victimizer in 2018 and in the same tournament, but in the third phase and with partial 6-4 and 6-4. Maria Camila had won in the second duel between them, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 in the Us Open, closed La Opinión.
LatinAmerican Post | Onofre Zambrano
Translated from "Maria Camila Osorio: un crecimiento que se consolidó en Roland Garros"