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Leolia Jeanjean says she 'doesn't know what's happening' after dream Roland Garros run

Leolia Jeanjea at Roland Garros

Leolia Jeanjean seemed to be the most confused person at Roland Garros after she recorded a superb win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

The 26-year-old wild card is playing i her maiden slam and had already delivered one shock by beating world number 47 Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the first round.

Things got even better for her on Thursday though as she beat former world number one Pliskova 6-2, 6-2.

It's a remarkable turnaround for Leolia Jeanjean, who was ditched by sponsors Nike as a teenager after sustaining a serious injury and was living on minimum wage in America before the Covid-19 pandemic.

She will now pocket at least €125,000 from Roland Garros, though, and she herself is at a loss to explain what's behind her sudden upturn in fortune.

"I don’t really know what to say actually because what’s happening right now, it’s really something I never imagine before," Jeanjean said.

"You know, when I stopped playing for four, five years, I never told myself I’d be in the third round of a grand slam.

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"I don’t have an explanation. I don’t even realise what’s happening. I know I’m 26. It’s my first grand slam.

"I thought I would have lost in the first round in two sets, and now I found myself beating a top-10 player.

"I don’t really know how it’s possible, what’s happening. I just try to give my best to play my tennis, and it’s working so far.

"When I stopped playing when I was young, I just wanted to give myself another chance, because in my head since I was good when I was like 14, 15, so I’m like, ‘why I can’t be good 10 years later?’.

"So that’s why, yeah, I took my chance, and so far it’s working."

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