Italy's Martina Trevisan became the first qualifier to reach the women's French Open quarter-finals since 2012 on Sunday after refusing to give up on her dreams despite a prolonged battle with anorexia that at one point left her unable to recognise herself.
Trevisan, 26, earned the biggest win of her career as she dumped out fifth seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-4 in the last 16 at Roland Garros in only her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
"I'm living in a dream," said Trevisan, who saved two match points against Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari in the third round.
"I came here two weeks ago to play my qualifying but today I'm here in the quarter-finals. I can't believe it."
Trevisan arrived in Paris ranked 159 and will break into the top 100 following a run that will net her at least 283,500 euros ($332,140) -- more than tripling her earnings this year.
Once a promising junior player, reaching the semi-finals in the girls doubles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon over a decade ago, her career was put on hold a decade ago as she struggled with an eating disorder.
Trevisan said she had to be "re-educated to eat" following years of suffering with anorexia after her father Claudio, a former footballer in Italy's second division, was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.
"I know that I have done a great job right now until today," Trevisan said of her road to recovery which saw her spend four years away from tennis.
"The message is to focus on your dream and never give up on your life, on everything you want to do and you want to reach."
- 'Enjoy the moment' -
Trevisan's only other appearance in the main draw of a major came at the Australian Open in January, where she lost in the first round to eventual champion Sofia Kenin.
The win over eighth-ranked Bertens was her first over a top 20 player.
"I think probably it was the one of the best. I think today the intensity of my play, it was really good. I was really aggressive," said Trevisan.
She goes on to meet Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, who knocked out top seed Simona Halep, for a place in the last four.
"It will be a very difficult match because Swiatek is also a young player. So it is a good player, she beat Halep today," said Trevisan, trying to become the first qualifier to reach the French Open semi-finals.
"So for the moment I enjoy this moment, this win of today, and from tomorrow I will think about my quarter-final."
Trevisan raced into a 5-1 lead in the opening set against Bertens but dropped serve twice before breaking her Dutch opponent for a third time in a lengthy 10th game.
The Italian surged 3-0 ahead in the second set but 2016 semi-finalist Bertens again rallied by winning the next three games.
Trevisan steadied herself and regained the initiative, failing to serve out the match at 5-3 but wrapping up the shock victory in the following game.
"I cannot find really a positive thing about this match," said Bertens.