French Open: Podoroska creates history, becomes first qualifier to reach Roland-Garros semi-finals 

Nadia Podoroka was at a loss for words after the world No.131 knocked out third-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4 to become the first qualifier in the Open Era to reach the Roland-Garros women’s semi-finals on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old needed just 79 minutes to complete her victory, and tossed her racquet in disbelief as she secured her place in the tournament’s history books.

Earlier on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Danielle Collins survived a roller coaster clash before coming out on top 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 against Tunisian No.30 seed Ons Jabeur to advance to the Roland-Garros quarter-finals for the first time in her career.

The American world No.57 had won just one main-draw match on Parisian clay prior to this tournament but has had a brilliant fortnight so far to set up a quarter-final meeting with her compatriot, the No.4 seed, Sofia Kenin.

In a fiery fourth-round meeting postponed from Monday due to the ran, Collins had the better start as she broke in the 10th game for a one-set lead.

Jabeur fell behind 0-3 within seven minutes in the second set but rallied to take the next five games and soon levelled the match to force a decider.

A topsy-turvy final set started with four consecutive service breaks before Collins pulled away 4-2, fighting back from 0-40 down along the way. It was time for the momentum to shift again as Jabeur broke back to get back on equal terms.

But a netted forehand from Jabeur gave Collins the victory and a place in the final eight.

“I felt like I was in the driver’s seat up until 6-4, 3-0 but then… you know she’s tricky and she served really well, she hit some drop shots on shots I wasn’t really expecting. I just had to try to dig it out. It broke my rhythm. I lost my way there a little bit, lost some of the shots I had been hitting earlier and I just tried to stay positive,” said Collins, a former Australian Open semi-finalist who hired ex-top-10 player Nicolas Almagro just last week.