"Come on Diane, you're the last Frenchwoman!" From the stands of the Simonne-Mathieu court, a spectator clumsily tries to encourage Diane Parry. The 79ᵉ world player is then manhandled by the young Russian Mirra Andreeva (143ᵉ world). It is 3:03 p.m., Thursday, June 1 and the Parisian is actually one of the last two representatives of the tricolor contingent in the women's singles table. But the message has a premonitory air.
A few minutes later, the Frenchwoman was eliminated by the 16-year-old teenager, from qualifying, (6-1, 6-2). In an atmosphere resembling that of the Parc des Princes - the public can not resist the traditional puns "Allez Parry!" and "This is Parry!" ", a reference to the slogans of the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain -, the opposition of style between the changes of rhythm and the touch of the first, and the ardor and the power of the second, came to an end.
There was therefore only one Frenchwoman left, Océane Dodin – forgotten by the said spectator – in the third match of the Philippe-Chatrier court. But the Northerner had a lot to do against Ons Jabeur (7ᵉ) and finalist at Wimbledon last year. If hopes were low, the public was determined to push behind "his" last chance.
Encouraged by the many "Allez Océane!" “, the tall (1.83 m) brunette tried to overtake the Tunisian. But it was in vain, faced with the range of blows from his mobile opponent. Despite a better second set, where, broken at the start, she managed to pick up before losing her serve again at the worst time – at 4-3, giving Jabeur the opportunity to serve for the match. Dodin couldn't do anything, final score: 6-2, 6-3. And if "Go, Go!" of celebration rang out at the end of the game, they came from supporters waving a Tunisian flag.
No French in the second week for the third year
There are no more French women competing in the tournament before the start of the third round. This was already the case during the 2021 edition. Last year, three of the thirteen entered had, on the other hand, passed this stage of the competition: Alizé Cornet, Léolia Jeanjean and Diane Parry.
This time, they were ten on the starting line – with a fratricidal duel between Océane Dodin and Selena Janicijevic in the first round – but only Caroline Garcia, 5ᵉ in the WTA rankings, was seeded. Although in difficulty this season, it is probably from her that the biggest disappointment comes. "She is perfectly capable of reviving here at Roland-Garros, especially with the support of the public, and of going very, very far," predicted former Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli, consultant for Prime Video.
Nothing came of it: the French number one first came out on the wire in the first round against Wang Xiyu (64ᵉ), in three sets (7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 ), before giving in against Anna Blinkova (56ᵉ), like four years ago (4-6, 6-3, 7-5).
The other main hope of the tricolor camp, the experienced Alizé Cornet (62ᵉ), who was playing her 65ᵉ Grand Slam in a row, was eliminated from the start against the Italian Camila Giorgi (37ᵉ) in two sets. If the Niçoise does not completely close the door to a 20ᵉ Roland-Garros next year, she is not certain either to drive back the Parisian ocher carpet.
As for the only survivor of the qualifications, Fiona Ferro (465ᵉ) - back after complicated months during which she filed a complaint against her former coach for "rape" and "sexual assault" -, she saw her career stopped short of entry by Swede Rebecca Peterson (82ᵉ) (6-0, 6-2).
For the third year in a row, there will therefore be no French in the second week. "It's a shame," admitted Océane Dodin at a press conference. Should we be worried though? Not according to the person concerned: "That's a big word. Yes, there isn't much. But we don't know what can happen, sometimes there are girls who come out of nowhere and who will do great results, others who also progress, so maybe it will come. »