Barbora Krejčíková

Unseeded Barbora Krejčíková has won her first grand slam title by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the French Open final.

This was only the fifth major tournament in singles for Krejčíková, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic.

She is the third unseeded women’s champion in the last five years at Roland Garros. 

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Barbora Krejčíková is the first Czech to win the French Open since 1981.(

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Krejčíková will now try to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the French Open singles and doubles titles in the same year. Krejčíková and partner Kateria Siniakova already own two grand slam doubles titles and are scheduled to play in the final of that event in Paris on Sunday.

"It's hard to put words together right now. I can't believe what has just happened, that I've just won a grand slam," Krejčíková said.

Krejčíková blew kisses in tribute to her former coach, Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in 2017.

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“Pretty much her last words were just enjoy and just try to win a grand slam. And, I mean, I know that from somewhere she's looking after me,” Krejčíková told the crowd.

“All of this that just happened, these two weeks, is pretty much because she is just looking after me from up there," Krejčíková said, lifting her left hand toward the sky.

"It was amazing that I had a chance to meet her and that she was such an inspiration for me. I just really miss her. But I hope she's happy right now. I'm extremely happy.”

Barbora Krejcikova slides on the clay to hit a forehand during the French Open final
Czech Republic's Barbora Krejčíková clinched a maiden grand slam title in what is a meteoric rise in women's tennis.(

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The 31st-seeded Pavlyuchenkova was playing in her first grand slam final in the 52nd major tournament of her career.

She was treated for a left leg injury late in the second set Saturday.

This was only the second WTA singles title for Krejčíková , but they have come in her past two tournaments. She won the trophy on clay at Strasbourg, France, last month and is now on a 12-match winning streak.

She is the sixth consecutive first-time grand slam champion to collect the trophy at Roland Garros, where the red clay can diminish the effectiveness of speedy serves and the sometimes odd bounces produced by, and particular footwork required on, the surface can frustrate players.

Saturday's match-up between two first-time grand slam finalists was perhaps a fitting conclusion to a two weeks filled with surprises.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hits a forehand on a claycourt
Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was treated for a left leg injury late in the second set.(

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Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion seeded number two, withdrew after one match — and a conflict with grand slam officials over a rule that mandates speaking to the media — to take a mental health break.

Australia's number one-ranked Ash Barty, the 2019 champion, retired from her second-round match with a left hip injury.

Number three seed Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, never showed up because of a hurt calf, while Serena Williams was beaten in the fourth round and defending champion Iga Swiatek lost in the quarterfinals.

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Source : https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-13/barbora-krejcikova-wins-french-open-anastasia-pavlyuchenkova/100211434

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