Just a few hours removed from making Canadian tennis history, Gabriela Dabrowski reflected on her first Grand Slam win with the media on Thursday afternoon.
The 25-year-old became the first Canadian woman to capture a Major title when she and her partner Rohan Bopanna took home the mixed doubles crown at Roland-Garros. Asked if the magnitude of her accomplishment had sunk in yet, Dabrowski replied: “No it has not, not yet.”
Teaming up with Bopanna for the second time, Dabrowski was pleased with her level of play during the fortnight in Paris.
“I played very all week in all of our matches. Today, I started a little bit slow, but I gave it all I had until the end and felt better as the match went on,” she said.
The Ottawa native is in the midst of a career season. In March, Dabrowski was crowned women’s doubles champion of the Miami Open. As a result, she achieved a career-high ranking of no. 19. She joins Daniel Nestor, Sébastien Lareau, and Vasek Pospisil as the only Canadians to win a Major doubles title.
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“It means a lot to me. I have made a lot of sacrifices this year. I think it shows that if you work hard over the course of a few years, you can achieve your goals. It’s very, very special,” Dabrowski added.
Dabrowski has been considered a top prospect from a young age and she dreamed this day would came as she was winning tournaments the world and appearing in an exhibition match alongside Anna Kournikova and Jim Courier at the age of 13.
“It’s definitely a very exciting time, but to say that I wouldn’t have imagined it would not be the case because I definitely have.”