Barbora Krejcikova beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win the French Open
title at Court Philippe-Chatrier on Saturday. Krejcikova was at her clinical best in the
first set, Krejcikova, who was widely considered to be a doubles specialist until recent
times, won 6-1 2-6 6-4 to win a third major title across both disciplines.
She can add a fourth tomorrow along with regular partner Katerina Siniakova in the
It was the unlikeliest of finals, with neither of these players have been past a major
quarter-final prior to this event but both took their opportunity with both hands.
But Krejcikova, 25, became the first Czech player to win the women’s singles title at
Roland Garros since Hana Mandlikova in 1981. Remarkably this was just the fourth main
draw event she has played in her career, having been outside the top-100 just a year ago.
It was Pavlyuchenkova – a former junior No. 1 – who drew first blood after a nervy start
from her Czech opponent, who threw down two double faults in her opening game.
But her joy was short lived as Krejcikova break straight back and carried that momentum
on – reeling off six games in a row – to wrap up the first set after just 30 minutes.
Pavlyuchenkova, 29, was quick to respond. She broke en route to a 3-0 lead in the second
set and again to move 5-1 up but was stopped in her tracks when serving for it as
Krejcikova struck back
The Russian then required treatment on her thigh, munching on some Haribo sweets
while being looked after by the medical staff, but picked herself up to break again and
level the match.
If the first two sets were somewhat one-sided, the decider was anything but.
Krejcikova got her nose in front but Pavlyuchenkova slapped a forehand winner
crosscourt to level things up for 2-2.
In the seventh game of the third, Krejcikova turned up the heat, breaking courtesy of a
brutal forehand winner.
Pavlyuchenkova saved two match points on serve in the ninth game, forcing her
opponent to serve it out.
Krejcikova double-faulted on her third match point and first on serve, but converted the
second to seal a famous victory.