Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reaches her first Grand Slam final at French Open beating Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3. The 29-year-old is in her 52nd major, with a return to the top 20. She will now play against Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari or Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova for the title at Roland Garros.
Russian professional had defeated Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round and Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals and reached this level at the Court Philippe Chatrier.
Two times junior Grand Slam winner and the junior world number 1 in January 2006 at the age of 14, becomes the first women who has played more than 50 majors before she reached her first final. She debuted in the Grand Slam when she was 15 years old through wildcard at Wimbledon 2007 losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the first round.
Pavlyuchenkova becomes the first Russian women to reach the final of the Roland Garros tournament since Maria Sharapova in 2014.
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World number 85, Tamara overcame Romanian Sorana Cîrstea in the fourth round and Spanish Paula Badosa in the quarter-final and lost her spot for the final to Pavlyuchenkova.
Between the 2008 French Open and the 2020 Australian Open, Anastasia has participated in 48 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, which is tied with Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic for the eighth-longest streak of back to back Grand Slam tournament appearances in history. She has won 12 singles and 5 doubles on the WTA tour, 5 singles and 8 doubles on the ITF Circuit.