Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is in the finals of the French Open. The world’s number 32 has reached the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. The 29-year-old from Russia won against Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia with 7:5, 6:3 in 1:34 hours. In 2014 was the last time we could see a female Russian tennis player win the title at Roland Garros. It was Maria Sharapova.
World’s No. 85 Zidansek from Slovenia made too many errors during the match and missed the crucial points. Pavlyuchenkova was instead on top of the game, was present in the decisive phases of the game and made fewer errors. To make it so far, Pavlyuchenkova defeated the highly rated Aryna Sabalenka (No.3) and Viktoria Azarenka (No.15) of Belarus, among others.
Pavlyuchenkova will now play for the title against Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic on Saturday. The Czech beat Greek Maria Sakkari with 7:5, 4:6, 9:7 in the semi-finals in Paris.
How did Krejcikova make it to the finals in Paris?
Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic and Maria Sakkari from Greece played an emotional semi-final in Paris. It was the first time in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for both players, so it was not very surprising that the biggest opponent was their own nerves. In the first set, there were as many as seven breaks. In the end, the Czech won the first set 7:5. However, Sakkari did not give up. In the second set, she defeated Krejcikova and tied the set at 6-4. In the third set, the match went back and forth. At first, the momentum was on Sakkari’s side, who was a break ahead for a long time and even had a match point at 5:4. But the Czech did not give up and stayed in the match. After fending off three match points at 7:6 and being overruled by the referee on another attempt at 8:7, she made the final perfect with her fifth match point. In total, Krejcikova needed 3:18 hours before she converted her fifth match point.