It was Christmas before the time

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Mallaurie Noël restored the advantage to France after a landslide victory over Ashley Lahey (6-0, 6-1).
“I did not expect it because the coaches told me he was a good opponent. Smiling, Mallaurie Christmas could not dream of a better birthday gift for her 22 years, which she celebrated on November 27th. 688th world player, the French was not favorite against the American, 459th. On the court, it was not seen!
Solid in the baseline, intelligent in his game choices, Mallaurie Noël has left no chance to his opponent. Still, she struggled to finish both runs against Ashley Lahey. “She hung up. She did not let go until the end but I managed to impose myself, “she is satisfied.
A victory and a point that put pressure on the ten-time title holders. “You had to take as many points as possible individually. We know that Americans are strong doubles, we want to show that we can compete with them. The exploit is running.

Text by Laurent Majurel and Thomas Ginesta
Photography: Théo Dorangeon