Pauline Déroulède lost a leg in a scooter accident, in 2018. With a prosthesis on her left leg, the 30-year-old Parisian has solely entered the world of wheelchair tennis for a 12 months and a half. On Sunday, by dominating Charlotte Fairbank within the ultimate of the French championships, she took yet one more step in the direction of the big problem she set for herself: the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
Pauline Déroulède (French wheelchair tennis champion, on the microphone of L’Équipe channel) : “It’s a pretty incredible feeling. A first title is a lot of emotions. It was important to be champion of my country before claiming to have a good level internationally. I play a friend, my training partner Charlotte Fairbank, it’s never easy. I had a lot of trouble letting go, freeing myself. It was played to the mind, I had to go looking for this title very, very far ”.
Charlotte Fairbank (French vice-champion in wheelchair tennis) : “It didn’t go far in the second set. I gave up a bit at 5-5. My hand hurt a bit but I’m not going to look for excuses. I should have held on and stayed focused in the third set, which I didn’t. It’s a big disappointment, it will be for the next time ”.