Ysaline Bonaventure reacts emotionally after elimination at Wimbledon: “Tennis court last place I want to be now”


These are difficult days for Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 91). The 28-year-old suffered another disappointment in an already difficult season in London on Wednesday. She lost in the first round at Wimbledon to the Chinese Zhuoxuan Bai (WTA 191), a qualifier who only played her first grand slam match at the age of 20.

“A tennis court is probably the last place I want to be right now,” she said on her Instagram account after losing 7-6 (7/0) and 6-1 in a match that was halted by rain the day before when she had already lost the first set and was 4-0 down in the second. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Wimbledon or Roland Garros. I’ve been having a hard time enjoying tennis lately and my mental health is now my priority.”

Ysaline Bonaventure doesn’t have much to celebrate in 2023, despite her flying start with a semi-final in Auckland. In eighteen tournaments played, the Liège player was eliminated twelve times in the first round and has not yet been able to win a single match at a Grand Slam. At Wimbledon, she hoped to “mainly enjoy”, as she said before the tournament, but that was not really the case.

“I need time to think,” she continued, after repeatedly expressing her discomfort. “I’m going to take the time to find out what I want and what really makes me happy, and whether that’s tennis or not. I’m going to find peace. See you soon and enjoy life,” she concluded.

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