an article about nantenaina ramalalaharivololona from august last year:
it basically says:
"it's a story about talent, meeting and equality. she was born at the 10th july 1987 in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Her father gave tennis lessons at the university and that's why she started playing tennis at the age of 7. recognized by the itf, she went to south africa for 3 years from age 15 to 18. after her return to madagascar in 2005, she was no.1 in madagascar. but she had to leave the island to become more successful in tennis.
in 2007, she got the chance. the president of the tennis club in pornichet, Bernard Birgand, went to madagascar, where the games of the islands of the indian ocean were held that year with the president of the malagasy tennis federation. that's where he saw nantenaina play and recognized her interesting style of play. he offered her to play in france, an unexpected and unconsidered opportunity. so she moved to pornichet in 2008. she got an tourist visa to play one season, but shortly after, thanks to her playing qualities, she got a visa for "competence and talent" that allows her to stay in france for a period of 3 to 6 years.
she's very motivated and she's got the ambition and the capability to progress in tennis. she said she went to france to progress and play different tournaments. in two years, she learned french and established herself really fast in the french rankings. Bernard Birgant, who helped her from the beginning and who continues to hep her find tournaments, punctuated that she has "a very interesting playing style and great physical and mental skills". right now, she has got an exemplary behaviour at the pornichet tennis club. let's wish this young lady with all the skills to progress and become a great tennis player all the best for her future."
it's a really nice article, so let's hope she can live up to the expectations and get a singles ranking this year!
come on nantenaina, gl in in coimbra next week! (right now she's no. 8 on the quali list, maybe there's still a little chance that she gets in the main draw directly. hope the best for her)