A mostly unknown player ranked No. 255 at the start of the season, Podoroska has fielded questions during the French Open that have been largely introductory in nature.
No, she cannot understand Russian. She is Argentine with a surname passed down from immigrant great-grandparents.
Yes, she is aware she hails from the same city as Lionel Messi.
No, she hasn’t been pinching herself this past fortnight — this last answer coming after her request for a translation of the word “pinching.” A moderator began to explain in Spanish before the 23-year-old laughed and cut him off, grasping the gist of the question.
“No,” she said. “I don’t want to wake up.”
Podoroska’s dreamscape of a French Open continues Thursday, when she will be just the third woman since the Open Era began in 1968 to play in the semifinals of a major tournament after coming through qualifying. She will face