She gave herself the best gift for her 21st birthday on Thursday! For the first time, Eva Lys reached the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.
The tennis chick from Hamburg plays against Spanish qualifier Cristina Boxa (25) in the first round. Lys confidently to BILD: “I know I have great potential and there’s a lot more to me than just qualifying for the main draw.”
It is currently No. 127 in the world. The goal: “My biggest dream is to win a Grand Slam tournament. These goals are important. With these three matches in the qualifiers, I’ve come a little closer to the dream. I’ve been at the peak of joy since Thursday.”
(Almost) always by her side: Sister Lisa Matvienko (25). Les, a native of Ukraine from Kyiv: “She’s always been there for me, she was a pro until three years ago and now she’s studying law. She knows what you can do right and what’s wrong on the tour.” But she’s missing in Melbourne, only Eva’s father and coach There is Vladimir, 46. When Eva was two years old, her parents came to Germany with the children.
I have already noticed in Melbourne that the media is now more important and inquiries are increasing. “You realize that something can happen courtside if you’re good. But you can’t really adapt to it. Until now I was only thinking about tennis.”
It was difficult in the past three years because of Corona. Especially as young players like her are suffering from the pandemic. “They especially need a lot of games and tournaments,” says National Coach Barbara Rittner (49). But this has been out of the question for a long time.
Will Lys be farther without Corona? virtual. “It would have been foolish for the world to stand still in 2020. But since last year I’ve been able to bounce back again and have made great progress.”
The fact that Poland’s Iga Swiatek, a player of similar age, is already No. 1 in the tennis world doesn’t dampen Lys down. She says, “There is no general rule for how things should go. Everyone has their own pace. It is important to focus on your own path.”
And so I also got into duels against the big names in tennis. “It doesn’t make me nervous, but of course I look at what helped her reach her goal so quickly. I also want a good arrangement like that.” Her friend Julie Niemeyer (23) has to play against Swiatek at the start. Eva and Jules, this is the friendship round With distinction.” For example, we went to dinner on Friday night.
And how to celebrate his birthday in the championship? Les laughs: “Fag!
Meanwhile, she can also focus on sports. Abi has always been in the bag: 1.7 with advanced courses in sports and biology. And what about love? She says, “I’m single.” There are no hobbies either. “I tend to watch soap operas or just lie on my lazy skin.” Favorite series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Favorite food: “I discovered truffle pasta.” Can she cook? She laughs: “No. I don’t want to raise any false hopes.”
But the most beautiful scenario written in reality. Not: “There is pure anticipation, but also a sense of pride. I just want to enjoy this as much as possible. I love being on the big stage and in the mood for great matches.” Us too!