Barbora Krejcikova is the winner of the French Open 2021. The 25-year-old Czech. She becomes the first Czech woman to triumph since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.
Krejcikova prevailed over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia with 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. The match between the world’s number 32 from Russia and world number 33 from the Czech Republic was a hard-fought final. Krejcikova quickly assumed the role of the boss in the rallies. The Czech distributed the ball well, and Pavlyuchenkova initially could not come up with a solution. After 32 minutes, the set went to the Czech. However, the situation changed afterwards, and the Russian quickly went for the winning shot and equalized after sets. The third round was all about staying calm and focused. Watching both players, it seemed that Krejcikova had the better nerves and could make the most significant victory of her career.
Following the match, the Czech, who was very close with Jana Novotna, sent kisses to the sky. The big player, Jana Novotna, who was number 1 in doubles and number 2 in singles, passed away in 2017 after battling cancer. Barbora said in the post-match interview, “When she was dying, I spent a lot of time with her. Some of her last words to me were, ‘Have fun and try to win a Grand Slam.’ She was such an inspiration to me,” Krejcikova said.
Krejcikova is the third unseeded player to storm to French Open victory and will pocket prize money of 1.4 million euros. Pavlyuchenkova will receive 750,000 euros.
The French Open brought a few surprises. Noone would have expected the two finalists, and there are a few more things no one would have anticipated initially. Polish Iga Swiatek, Defending champion, had already failed in the quarterfinals. The press boycott and the subsequent withdrawal of US-American and four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka was also a shock for many.
But that’s tennis, always worth a surprise!