Zidansek becomes first Slovenian woman to enter a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal

The 23-year-old achieved the feat by beating unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea in straight sets on Sunday at the French Open.

Zidansek waves to the crowd after winning her match on Sunday.   -  REUTERS

Tamara Zidansek became the first woman from Slovenia to reach the singles quarterfinals of a Grand Slam on Sunday with a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea at the French Open.

The pair traded breaks in the first two games of a tight opening set on Court Suzanne Lenglen before Zidansek raised her level in the tiebreak to take the advantage in the match when an error-prone Cirstea hit a wild forehand wide.

The 23-year-old Zidansek became more aggressive as Cirstea struggled to move freely because of an ankle issue and raced ahead 5-0 before closing out the victory in 86 minutes.

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Zidansek had never been beyond the second round at a Grand Slam before this year's tournament in Paris but it was 2009 Roland Garros quarter-finalist Cirstea who showed signs of nerves at the start of the second set.

Zidansek will face 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova or Spain's Paula Badosa in the last eight.

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