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She spent long seconds in her chair, her head in her hands, while Leyre Romero Gormaz tasted the privileges of victory by being asked by children for a photo or an autograph. The young 20-year-old Spaniard took part in it with pleasure and these few minutes of glory undoubtedly allowed her to realize that she had indeed come to win at the end of a final narrowly spared by the rain after the hot weather on Saturday.
A little further on, these moments of introspection with herself, her head buried under the towel, were not enough for Aliona Bolsova to answer a question that should haunt her for a long time: but how did this final of the 25th tournament de Denain been able to avoid him? Favorite of the meeting, the 24-year-old Spaniard (228th WTA) of Moldovan origin, eighth finalist at Roland-Garros in 2019, had made the strongest impression in the semi-finals and seemed to have the weapons to contain her young compatriot Leyre Romero Gormaz (376th WTA), less experienced and less powerful to return the ball.
But tennis is definitely a sport apart, where inner demons can arise at any time and change the face of a match. Judge for yourself: Bolsova led 4-0 in the first set before losing it 4-6. She regained her senses at the start of the second set to lead 3-0 before being caught by her opponent (3-3) but finally winning 6-3. The last set is even more striking in the puzzle for mental trainers that is the Boslova case: she led 4-1, was very close to winning the fifth game, before giving up the flag in the face of the incredible resources shown by Leyre Romero Gormaz (6-4).
Because if Bolsova bowed, it is as much due to her own lack of regularity when everything seems to be going well as to the ability not to let go and to the qualities of her opponent, whom we have several times believed lost for the cause during a final of a mad indecision – 2h31 of match – and of a level which will be remembered in Denain.
“Even if we always start to win, I didn’t think I would win here”
Having come back from afar, Leyre Romero Gormaz appreciated as it should be a success that she went to seek and which gave her certainty about her mental resources when the affair seemed on the point of being hopeless. ” She played really well at the start of the match and I couldn’t do anything but stay focused on staying competitive for the second set.delivered the victorious Spaniard, who lost only one set during her Denaisian week. I played well, I beat very strong opponents and even if we always start to win, I didn’t think I would impose myself here. »
But she believed in it until the end by refocusing on the essentials: ” The key was to think only about the next ball and stay solid. I hope the strength of the price here will serve me for the future. “ Romero Gormaz will test a tournament in Serbia in a few days when Aliona Bolsova, wherever she goes, will probably drag a bad headache after her stay in the North.
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