Barbora Krejcikova captured her first Grand Slam singles title Saturday with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 2021 French Open women’s final at Stade Roland Garros in Paris.

The unseeded Krejcikova came into this year’s French Open unseeded but with momentum. Krejcikova won the women’s singles title at Strasbourg, a clay-court primer tournament for the French Open, and with Saturday’s championship victory, now owns a 12-match win streak.

After losing the opening game of the final with two double faults, Krejcikova came roaring back to win six straight games. The 31st-seed Pavlyuchenkova, who reached a Grand Slam final for the first time in 52 major appearances, struck back and forced a decider. Pavlyuchenkova hit 10 winners to take the second set, 6-2. In the third set, Krejcikova broke for a 2-1 lead but then had to fight from a 3-3 tie. Krejcikova hit eight straight points, including two consecutive winners to gain the 4-3 lead of the decider.

In the eighth game of the third set, Krejcikova missed out on a pair of match points. Pavlyuchenkova saved another two championship points in the ninth game to make it 5-4 before Krejcikova served for her spot in tennis history. Krejcikova finally clinched the championship match when a Pavlyuchenkova groundstroke went long.

It is true that both women have capitalised on a draw where the top seeds fell and just kept falling, but they have had some big wins to their names as well.

World number one and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty hobbled out in the second round. Serena Williams was knocked out in the fourth round, world number two Naomi Osaka withdrew after one match while 2018 champion Simona Halep never even made it to the draw in Paris.

French Open 2021 women’s final: Barbora Krejcikova winsmaiden Grand Slam title


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