Jessica Pegula made a good start at Roland Garros by winning both her singles and doubles matches but her preparation was less than ideal because she dealt with possible food poisoning.
The American didn't have the best of clay seasons, certainly not as good as last year but she was always going to produce a really good level for Roland Garros. Advancing with a retirement from Giorgi helped her a little bit but she would have probably liked to have played a full match because she didn't practice too much.
She explained what happened:
"Coming into this week's French Open, my preparations were completely thrown by getting food poisoning on my first night and first dinner in Paris. What horrendous luck - I haven't gone out to a restaurant since because I've been too afraid to eat there. I don't know exactly what did the damage. I had escargots - I love escargots - but everyone else in my group had them. I also had salmon so maybe it was a bad piece of fish. I was throwing up for the whole night and I couldn't sleep much."
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"That was after I arrived in Paris on Tuesday, I didn't practise on Wednesday, I practised on Thursday - but it was not pretty. I could barely do anything. I was getting a lot of nausea and acid reflux, I wasn't eating. I was afraid to eat anything. I didn't have an appetite. It lingered for four or five days but I wasn't able to just sit in bed, I had a bunch of stuff to do."
She's fine now but it was a tricky thing to overcome so close to a big event for her. We'll see if it has any lasting effects on her run in Paris. So far so good.