French Open Finals: Krejcikova is new French Open champion, beats Pavlyuchenkova in a tough 3 setter to win women singles title

French Open Finals: Barbora Krejcikova wins French Open, beat Pavlyuchenkova in a tough 3 set. She is 1st from Czech to win in last 40 years
French Open Finals: Barbora Krejcikova wins French Open, beat Pavlyuchenkova in a tough 3 set. She is 1st from Czech to win in last 40 years

French Open 2021 Finals – Krejcikova wins French Open: Barbara Krejcikova beat No. 31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to become the first Czech woman to win the Roland-Garros singles title since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.

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French Open 2021 Finals – Krejcikova wins French Open: The world No.33, who could sweep both singles and doubles titles in Paris should she triumph alongside her partner Katerina Siniakova in the doubles final on Sunday, needed one hours and 5 minutes to overcome her Russian opponent and lift her maiden singles major trophy.

“I cannot believe what just happened, I cannot believe that I actually won a Grand Slam,” an emotional Krejcikova said on court.

“I was going through a really hard time when Jana was passing away, I was most of the time her, and I really wanted to experience this because I thought it’s just going to make me really strong. Pretty much her last words were, ‘Just enjoy and just try to win a Grand Slam. I know that from somewhere she’s looking out for me and all of this, what happened these two weeks is because she is just looking after me probably and I just want to really thank her.

“It’s amazing that I had a chance to meet her and that she was such an inspiration for me. I just really miss her but I hope she’s happy right now and I’m extremely happy.”

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French Open Finals: Krejcikova is new French Open champion, beats Pavlyuchenkova in a tough 3 setter to win women singles title

A champion in Strasbourg on the eve of Roland-Garros, Krejcikova extended her current winning streak to 12 consecutive matches.

She was ranked 114 in singles when she made her first run to a Grand Slam fourth round in Paris eight months ago and is now the Roland-Garros champion — a remarkable rise for the former doubles No.1.

French Open 2021 Finals – Krejcikova wins French Open: This is the sixth straight year Paris has crowned a first-time Grand Slam women’s singles champion. The past 15 majors have witnessed nine different maiden Slam winners.

Making just her fifth main-draw singles appearance at a Slam, the 25-year-old Krejcikova dropped serve in the opening game of the contest before racing to take the next six games and claim a one-set lead inside 30 minutes.

Pavlyuchenkova struck back though, carving out a 5-1 gap in the second set.

French Open 2021 Finals – Krejcikova wins French Open: Serving to level the match, Pavlyuchenkova saw a set point slip away and got broken as Krejcikova cut her deficit to 2-5 – but finally the Czech triumphed.

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