French Open: Barbora Krejcikova lifts the Roland Garros title beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Barbora Krejcikova overcame Russian Anastasia Palvyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 and lifts the French Open trophy at Court Philippe Chatrier. Krejcikova becomes the second Czech women to win this title at Roland Garros joining Hana Mandlikova. 

Anastasia failed to overcome in first set but fought back in the second. She struggled groin problem due to which she had to receive a medical treatment and the game got delayed. She failed to win a break point with a heavily strapped leg, she suffered pain and could only bear limited movement.

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First Russian women to reach the Roland Garros final since 2014, Pavlyuchenkova had reached this level by defeating Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3, while Krejcikova had came back from 3-5 down in the 3rd set and defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in the semi-final.

Barbara has won Girls’ doubles in 2013, Women’s doubles in 2018 and now women’s in 2021 Roland Garros tournament at Paris.

French Open 2021 champion Krejcikova paid an emotional tribute to her mentor Jana Novotna. She died from cancer in November 2017.

“It’s really hard to put in words together right now. I cannot believe what just happened. I am not being able to believe that I actually won a Grand Slam. I was going through a really hard time when Jana was passing away. Most of my time I was with her and I really wanted to experience this because I felt it was going to make me really strong. Her last words were, just enjoy and win the Grand Slam. It’s amazing that I had a chance to meet her and she was such an inspiration to me. I miss her and I hope she is happy fight now”, said Barbora in an emotional win speech.

World number 1 of 2017 and 2019 Romanian Simona Halep congratulates newly crowned French Open winner via Twitter.

 

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