That’s a wrap on the 2021 French Open. In Saturday’s women’s singles final, Barbora Krejcikova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1 2-6 6-4 to win her first Slam in singles. Read on for the last post from this year’s French Open. As you will probably gather from the cover photo, I don’t have any pictures of Krejcikova! Full steam ahead now for the grass with just two weeks until Wimbledon. Eeek!
It was a strange final with the first two sets being so lopsided and neither really playing their best tennis at the same time. There was some decent tennis on show but I struggled to get into it until the very end when the finish line came into sight.
Both players overcame early adversity to come out on top in the first two sets. Krejcikova served two double faults in a nervy opening service game but then went on to win six straight games! Krejcikova was moving the ball around the court beautifully and building the points with such clarity. In the second set, Pavs saved a break point in her opening service game and then ran away with it as she began to control the points with her brilliant backhand. As i’ve always said, Pavs is one of the cleanest ball strikers out there (😉).
Pavs required a medical time-out towards the end of the second set when she seemed to tweak something in knee/leg moving out wide. The third set was more closely contested. Serving at *2-3, Krejcikova flicked a switch and won eight straight points. Krejcikova played her best game of the match to break the Pavs serve with some strong returning and winners off both sides.
Krejcikova missed two Championship points on the Pavs serve at 5-3* 40-15*, the second of those with a return longggg on a Pavs second serve. As Krejcikova stepped up to the serve for the title, I was nervous for her! There were some shaky points including a double fault on her third match point. As we’ve seen several times this week, Krejcikova manages to play through her nerves exceptionally well. On the fourth match point, Krejcikova landed the second serve in play and then Pavs then went long. It looked close and I was surprised the umpire didn’t come out to check. It was an anticlimactic ending…
Gutted for Pavs. What a wonderful run though to smash through the Slam QF barrier. She seemed quite upbeat in her speech and I hope this gives her renewed vigour for the future. This is one hell of an achievement from Krejcikova who could do the double tomorrow! It’s surreal. I was so impressed how she held her nerve in the pressure moments, not only in this final but also the semi-final against Sakkari. Barbora is a brilliant speaker and I loved hearing her talk about Jana Novotna ❤.
Super stats 🔢
So many stats from Krejcikova’s title win. Just a few that sprung to mind watching this final…
- This is the sixth consecutive year that the French Open has produced a first time Slam singles champion.
- This is the second year in a row that an unseeded player has won the French Open.
- This is the second consecutive Slam where the champion has saved a match point en route to winning the title. Osaka did it in Oz, saving two match points in the fourth round against Muguruza, and Krejcikova did it in the semis, saving a match point against Sakkari.
- Krejcikova is now riding a 12 match winning streak having won her first singles title in Strasbourg the week before the French.
- And finally, Krejcikova was down a set and a break in her first round match against Kristyna Pliskova!
Funny moment 🤣
One from yesterday. Krejcikova and Siniakova will take on Swiatek and Mattek-Sands in Sunday’s doubles final.
Favourite snap 📸
Krejcikova wins the whole caboodle!
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Is it just me or has this French Open lasted an eternity? All the Osaka stuff feels so long ago. It was yet another French Open that provided draw carnage and another first time Slam winner. Some of the quarters and semis were superb which was nice to end the tournament on a high. Krejcikova-Sakkari had the most exciting finish to a match I can remember in recent years. Badosa-Bogdan (R3) was brilliant and Serena-Buzarnescu (R2) was a fun one.
There were some great stories as ever and Krejcikova’s run to the title was incredible. Generally though, I won’t look back with great fondess on this French Open. So many high-profile injuries and withdrawals. Terrible scheduling, cock-up after cock-up from the organisers. Yeah, I think i’ve had enough of the French Open for another year 😂. Bring on the grass…