Marcela Zacarías: enjoying tennis attracts results

After earning his first main draw victory on the tour of the WTAthe Mexican tennis player Marcela Zacarías will face the Colombian in the second round Camila Osorio. The goal of the native of San Luis Potosí, number 262 in the world ranking, is to enjoy tennis without thinking about the results.

“I’ve already had several very hard years and I’m happy with my performance, the last thing I’m thinking about is the results because in previous years that has made me too unfocused. I am trying to compete to the maximum in many tournaments. I love playing tennis, right now what I have in mind is to enjoy and compete, play tournaments, everything I can, I feel that in the end it brings the results, “she told The Economist the 27-year-old tennis player.

Zacarías, the third best positioned Mexican in the singles ranking of the WTAHe added that although he tries not to focus on that anymore, the goals of playing in the biggest tournaments, like the Grand Slams, “are always there.”

The rival of the Mexican in the second round is the 20-year-old rising tennis player, Camila Osorio, who in the first round defeated the Polish Magdalena Frech. Currently, Osorio is the 44th in the world, the best of the Latin American representatives (only one in the top 50) and the fifth best seed in the Monterrey Open.

At the end of 2020, the Colombian was ranked 222nd, however, in 2021 she won the title of the Bogotá tournament, was a finalist in the Tenerife Ladies Open and a semifinalist in the Serbian and Charleston Opens, all categories. WTA250. At the Grand Slam level, she reached the round of 32 at Wimbledon.

After the Latin American clash, the Canadian Leylah Fernández will be present for the defense of the title. The 19-year-old, number 21 in the ranking and second best seeded in the GNP Seguros Open, will face the Chinese Zheng Qinwen, another teenager on the rise, who seeks to catch up with the best-seeded rivals of her generation.

Born in 2002, players her age who still top her in the rankings include her next rival in MontereyUS Open champion Emma Raducanu, Clara Tauson and Marta Kostyuk.

In August 2020, at just 17 years old, Zheng Qingwen He launched himself to “fight for his dreams”, as he commented in an interview with the WTA. At that time she was ranked 630th, but 17 months later and after registering for 26 tournaments, she entered the top 100 (she is currently number 77). This year, part of her consolidation came at tournaments in Australia, where she reached the semifinal of Summer Series 1 and the second round of the Grand Slam.

“Inside I always believed that I could be better, I just had to do it. I wanted to do something big in tennis”, she said in an interview for the WTA.

Her desire to grow in tennis led her to leave her home country, now training in Barcelona, ​​and to model and add elements to her game, which initially focused on being aggressive. Her coach is Pere Riba Madrid, to whom she credits teaching her to be more consistent, that is, not to make as many mistakes.

After participating in Australia, Zheng wrote down his learnings in a notebook: “Those matches gave me a lot of experience in a big stadium and how it works to play in a big stadium and on a small pitch. They are totally different feelings. There are a lot of emotions in the big stadium that you have to manage.”

The Chinese also explained that the success of young women her age “gives her more information on how to get there.”

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