227-Ranked Player Creates History at French Open 2022 After Beating Karolina Pliskova in the Second Round

Published 05/26/2022, 9:26 AM EDT

Today at the French Open, we saw another upset, as no.8 seed Karolina Pliskova crashed out of the tournament in the second round. She was playing against the French player, Leolia Jeanjean, who received a wild card entry to the tournament. Meanwhile, this year hasn’t been great for Pliskova, as she missed the Australian Open earlier this year and was now only able to reach the second round at the French Open. On the other hand, Jeanjean has created history at the French Open after beating the Czech player. 

227-ranked Leolia Jeanjean created history at the French Open after beating Karolina Pliskova 

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It is worth noting that Pliskova is no.8 in the WTA rankings and Jeanjean is no.227 in the world. Safe to say, the Czech was the favorite before the match, with a staggering ranking difference. Despite that, the French Woman managed to beat Pliskova. Thus, she became the lowest-ranked female player to beat a top 10 player at the French Open since Conchita Martinez did it in 1988 against Lori McNeil. 

Earlier, they were playing at the Greenhouse Court, where the 26-year-old played in front of her home crowd. With the crowd’s support, she beat Pliskova easily in straight sets. The match lasted only 1 hour and 15 minutes and the final scoreline was 6-2,6-2. 

In the next round, Jeanjean will play Irina-Camelia Begu, who won her match later against Ekaterina Alexandrova in a drama-filled match. 

What’s next for Pliskova?

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Meanwhile, the former US Open and Wimbledon finalist, Karolina Pliskova, is not having a great season at all. After missing the Australian Open, she missed plenty of tournaments due to injury. Finally, she made her return to the Indian Wells, where she lost in the very first round. The same thing happened at the Miami Open as well, as she lost in the first round yet again. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova during her second round match against Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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It’s obvious she will go down in the WTA rankings after this tournament. Irrespective of her ranking, she would definitely like to get her form back, and Wimbledon is the perfect Grand Slam event for her. Notably, she reached the final last year where she lost to Ashleigh Barty. She will be hoping for the same sort of run at this year’s Wimbledon as well. 

Can Pliskova return to form at Wimbledon? Let us know in the comments. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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