Last year at the French Open, the 19-year-old Yuvan made his debut in the Grand Slam tournament as the lucky loser, losing to Costia in the first round. However, the following Wimbledon, she forced the 23rd Grand Slam winner Serena Williams into a three-set battle, which attracted a lot of attention.
A year later, Yuvan waited for her own moment: she upset the three-time Grand Slam winner Korbel in only 67 minutes, thus gaining her first victory in the French Open.
"Actually, it doesn’t matter how I sign, but when I play against a player who has won many championships, I tell myself, well, I’ve watched them play on TV, but I have to focus on doing it. Good yourself," Yuvan said after the game, "I did what I should do."
"Today we waited three hours to play. We are all trying to make the hand feel warm and I am trying to stay aggressive. This is why I beat her in the end because she is a very good player."
Yuvan did not let Kobel enter his own rhythm. He put pressure on his opponents from the beginning of the game and got break points in the first two serve of the German star. The two defended their serve in the first six games, and the Slovenian teenager finally broke through the opponent's defense, winning three games in a row and winning the first set.
For most of the second set, there was a one-sided situation on the field. Yuvan scored a double break and gained the upper hand 3-0. The three-time Grand Slam winner then completed a break, but failed to hold the next serve, Yuvan took the advantage to 4-1. The two exchanged another break at the end of the match, and Yuwan always maintained the lead and finally sealed the victory with two 6-3.
"I am proud of the way I dealt with it. I have no fear at all," Yuwan said. "Of course, last year's match against Serena was also helpful to this, but I also have new motivation. This year is for everyone who comes here. It’s very difficult for a player. The weather is cold and humid. You have to keep warm and keep moving your body. The key is who does better."
"We are all working hard to play a few more games this year. To survive this year, this is the main goal."
The German star has lost to a young player in the first round of the French Open for two consecutive years, and has encountered a round four times in the past five years.
"I can't find the rhythm of hitting, especially at the beginning of the first set," Kobel said. "She played very well. You have to adapt to the game in the first few games, and then it gets dark. This It’s not easy for me, especially when it comes to mobile."
"I don't know if it was because we waited too long to play. I can make excuses now, but this is not my style."
In the next round, Yuvan will face the local teenager Breer, who appeared with a wild card. The latter turned the Dutch player Ruth 6-7 (7) 7-6 (2) 6-3 after three sets of fierce battles and won the Grand Slam. First win in the game.