Twenty-five years after Jana Novotna, the flag of the Czech Republic returns to the top four on the Roland Garros women's draw. The pupil of the 1997 Wimbledon champion breaks Coco Gauff's dreams with a hysterical 7-6 (4) 6-3.
The American star does not take advantage of a break advantage on two occasions during the first set, misses a two set point (one at 5-4 and one at 6-5) and does not even take advantage of a 6-4 situation in the jeu decisif .
Krejcikova, who instead takes advantage of the first opportunity available, thanks to the circumstances and an incredible yield in response, manages to escape rather easily at 5-0. Her and her to secure three consecutive match points in the next game.
Obviously not responsible for the scoring situation, the seventeen-year-old American lets her arm go completely and recovers up to 3-5. In the final game, however, she fails to move the zero from the points box. For the Czech, at least a semifinalist also in the doubles draw, it will be her fifth career semifinal in the major circuit.
The balance of three wins and one defeat. Since her victory with Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of 2020, Iga Swiatek had struck a series of twenty-two consecutive sets at Roland Garros. She only losing more than four games on two occasions.
The reign of the Polish tennis player, champion also in Rome, however, falls at the foot of the second consecutive semifinal. Maria Sakkari, who in a Grand Slam had never even passed the cut of the fourth round of a Grand Slam, once again touches up the Greece Record.
For the defending champion it is one of the most usual bad days. Sakkari remedies an initial 0-2 disadvantage, cancels a break point at 2-2 and keeps his serve even at 5-4. With an early break, which she guards in a practically perfect way, the Greek tennis player then faces the 6-4 6-4 at the threshold of ninety minutes of play and reaches the surprise Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.
Forbes: Naomi Osaka highest paid female athlete ever!
With $ 60 million earned in one year, including prize money and sponsorships, Naomi Osaka is in 12th position in the Forbes ranking of the 50 highest paid athletes in the world, even better than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
This shows how much her brands focus on her, also defending her from the fierce criticism that rained down on her after what happened in Paris. The most famous brands that use Osaka as their ambassador are: Google, Louis Vuitton and Workday, GoDaddy, Hyperice, Levi's, Nissan, Nissin Foods and TAG Heuer.
Mental health problems have also been highlighted in the sports world by many other stars in recent years, such as Michael Phelps and Liz Cambage. Cool and highly appealing, Naomi embodies the values that many famous brands seek to attract their consumers, creating a perfect combination.
Nike has decided to publicly defend Osaka after the Japanese decision to withdraw from Roland Garros and after receiving a lot of criticism. The well-known brand, through a brief statement, said: "Our thoughts are with Naomi, we support her and we recognize her courage in sharing her experience with depression."
Naomi Osaka is certainly the most popular tennis player of the moment, perhaps the most famous and attractive sporty woman in this precise moment and historical context. At the 2021 French Open, to protect her mental health, Noami, as she had previously said, did not grant post-match interviews.
The French Tennis Federation responded on Sunday by fining her $ 15,000 for her first missed interview and threatening to kick her out of the tournament. Naomi, in response, withdrew from the Parisian Grand Slam. Naomi, a fighter of many battles also and above all off the court, was the protagonist of another incredible protest in 2020.
At the Western & Southern Open to protest Jacob Blake's shooting, then don masks with the names of black victims of racist violence or police brutality during the US Open, after all that has happened since the shocking death of George Floyd and with the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.