Un­known Ro­ma­nian grabs the spot­light

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - LEO SCH­LINK in Paris

THE French Open has a habit of cat­a­pult­ing un­knowns on to the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Last year, among oth­ers, it was Je­lena Ostapenko, the ef­fer­ves­cent Lat­vian who charged to vic­tory, hav­ing never even pre­vi­ously won a tour-level ti­tle.

This sea­son, among oth­ers, Ro­ma­nian Mi­haela Buzarnescu is caus­ing rip­ples at Roland Gar­ros.

At 30, Buzarnescu has pre­vi­ously con­tested just two grand slam matches, fail­ing in both.

She is now into the fourth round af­ter elim­i­nat­ing fourth seed Elina Svi­tolina 6-3, 7-5 in the big­gest win of a ca­reer spent in the ten­nis wilder­ness.

Ranked 377th in the world a year ago, she is yet to drop a set at Roland Gar­ros.

The Ro­ma­nian’s fourthround op­po­nent Madi­son Keys

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