White sport in Mexico is celebrating. The Mexican tennis player, Fernanda Contreras, has managed to qualify for the first draw of the third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon.
For this to happen, Contreras had to beat the hungarian Timea Babos and he did it in three sets with partials of 6-3, 1-6 and 6-3, a result that helped him to attend the most prestigious grass tennis tournament.
In addition, this fact is historical, since it took 26 years for another Mexican tennis player to attend Wimbledon, after Angélica Gavaldón was present for the last time in the British capital in 1996.
Contreras Gomez is 24 years old and continues her historic winning streak, as last month she became the sixth Mexican racket to advance to a Grand Slam main draw.
Fernanda got it on Roland claws and advanced to the second round of the clay tournament, an achievement that currently places her in 157th place in the ranking of the WTA, being the best positioned Mexican.
“It feels incredible to have the opportunity to play and represent Mexico, it is an honor, it is one of the great prides of my life, also, to be able to continue on the path that my grandfather has had; it is pure happiness,” said Contreras.
Contreras Gómez will become the fourth Mexican in history to compete again at Wimbledon, after the participations of Yolanda Ramírez in the 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962 editions, Elena Subirats in 1968, and Angélica Gavaldón in the Grand Slams of 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Renata Zarazua, The Mexican tennis player trained in Jalisco, was also scheduled to participate in the Wimbledon qualifying rounds, but a knee injury prevented her from fighting for a place in the tournament.
It will be this Friday morning when the draw and duels for the first round of Wimbledon will be announced.
Mexicans in London
The tennis player from Potosí will be only the fourth national in this Grand Slam
|Yolanda Ramirez||1957, 1958, 1959, 1960,1961, 1962|
|Angelica Gavaldon||1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996|
A career on the rise
24 year old
two ITF trophies category 15 and 25 in his career
1 silver medal at Central American Games 2018
6 Mexicans have entered the main draw of a Major
157 place it occupies in the ranking in the WTA
The tennis heritage comes from his grandfather, Pancho Contreras
Fernanda Contreras has been playing tennis since she was born, since his grandfather Francisco “Pancho” Contreras He also practiced it on a large professional scale, reaching the semifinals in mixed doubles of Wimbledon in 1958.
Being Pancho’s granddaughter brought great satisfaction and lessons to the tennis player from Potosí, who says that since childhood she learned a lot from that tennis heritage that today bears fruit in her career.
“When I was a child, at Christmas she would tell us stories about strawberries and cream, the freshly cut grass, the stadium at Wimbledon, I remember she played the semi-finals. She told us that there is no way to describe it. I can finally experience this, it’s very exciting.” said the Mexican tennis player.
Francisco Contreras also stood out as a captain, being part of the Mexican team that played the Davis Cup final in 1962 along with Rafael Osuna, Antonio Palafox and Mario Llamas. An occasion that will go down in history as the first time that an Aztec team had the chance to be crowned after beating the representative of the United States, which in the end did not happen.
Fernanda Contreras started practicing tennis when she was nine years old, by the age of 13 she polished her game in the United States and in 2017 she won a national tournament at the university level.
The tennis player from Potosí studied at Vanderbilt University and graduated as a mechanical engineer, a career that Contreras considers “an extra resource because I have the chance to work if tennis fails,” he said in an interview.
With information from El Universal
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