Thirty-First Seed Pavlyuchenkova and Unseeded Krejcikova Reach French Open Women’s Final
(June 10, 2021)The French Open was spared an incorrect result when No. 33 Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic defeated No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 and saved a match point in the process. An out call was reversed by the chair umpire that would have given the Czech the match earlier in the last game. Video review by the broadcast networks showed the ball out. Roland Garros not use the video challenge system.
“I cannot believe it. It’s actually happening,” noted the winner.
Krejcikova a two-time major doubles winner and former No. 1 doubles player will be playing 31st seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who also advanced to her first major final by beating unseeded world No. 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3.
Krejcikova who won the Strasbourg tournament leading into the French Open is now on an 11-match win-streak. She is also in semifinals the doubles draw and bidding to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 200 to win both the doubles and singles titles in the same year at the French Open. Her doubles partner is Katerina Siniakova.
Pavlyuchenkova has played in more majors (52) before reaching a major final than any other woman player.