This season the two finalists of the women's singles at the Roland Garros 2021 will be Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova became the first player to reach the last act of a Grand Slam after playing 52 in all.
In fact, she will play the final of the Roland Garros 2021. Suffice it to say that, before overcoming Elena Rybakina, the Russian had lost the six quarter-finals played in her career, winning only two sets in total. In the semifinals, Pavlyuchenkova eliminated Tamara Zidansek with a score of 7-5, 6-3.
The Slovenian started the match with more courage and found the break in the opening thanks to the slice landed beyond the baseline of her opponent. Pavlyuchenkova got the counter-break in the fourth game, in which Zidansek made a comeback from 40-0 and made a nasty backhand mistake.
The Russian then moved to 5-3 and serve, always with the complicity of her rival, but the emotion took over and a very ugly backhand reopened the first set. Zidansek showed great courage in the important moments, not in the one that probably decided the dispute.
Under 5-6, the Slovenian hit a painful double foul on the break ball and handed the partial to Pavlyuchenkova. The second part of the game saw the break festival projected on the historic Chatrier. Neither player managed to keep their nerve: a free series and double fouls have shifted the scales from side to side.
Finally, it was Zidansek who completely lost the measure of the field, who after recovering from a 4-1 disadvantage, gave the Russian the decisive break in the eighth game with a forehand several centimeters wide. The second finalist of the Roland Garros 2021 women's singles is Barbora Krejcikova.
The match began with three consecutive breaks, two in favor of Maria Sakkari and one of Krejcikova, and with a series of free mistakes that did not allow the two players to shift the balance. From 3-1, Sakkari then lost four games in a row, but the Czech missed the occasion and found the decisive play only at 6-5, when the tape sent her rival's forehand out on the break point.
In the second set, Sakkari immediately raised her head and in a few minutes she reached 4-0; an advantage that will allow her to take the match to the third. In the last part of the game, the current number 18 in the WTA ranking continued to push and put pressure on the Czech, who in the third game lost control of the backhand on the break ball in favor of the opponent.
Krejcikova then missed a comfortable backhand in the next game and saw Sakkari quickly move up 3-1. With a slap on the fly, the Czech subsequently canceled a match point in the service and exploited the indecisions of Sakkari when she served for the match.
In the end, the 25-year-old from Brno turned out to be the bravest: she didn't let herself be influenced by the three match points wasted in the 14th game and closed the match with a score of 9-7.