World number 131 Nadia Podoroska says she “doesn’t want to wake up” after a dream French Open run continued with a quarter-final victory over third seed Elina Svitolina.
Podoroska beat Svitolina 6-2 6-4 and now faces Pole Iga Swiatek, who won 6-3 6-1 against Italian Martina Trevisan.
The Argentine, 23, dropped to 508th in the world in 2018 and could not afford to travel to some tournaments.
“It is a bit difficult for me to speak,” Podoroska said on court.
“I don’t want to wake up,” she later told a news conference.
“The toughest part for me was two or three years ago. I had too many injuries. My ranking dropped.
“I was eight months out of the tour. Then I didn’t have the money to start playing tournaments.” (BBC)