2021 French Open: Barbora Krejcikova is the champion!

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! 

Final result 🏆

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!

Recommended media 📺

Memories 🤔

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…

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20 thoughts on “2021 French Open: Barbora Krejcikova is the champion!

  1. Many thanks to James for all his hard work and posts on this Grand Slam. The French Open is not one of my favourite tournaments but I enjoyed some of it this year with some good matches and I certainly enjoyed having the spectators back and the atmosphere that they provide.

    Congrats to Barbora Krejcikova on her victory. She is playing in the Women’s doubles final tomorrow and I am looking forward to watching it. I will not be supporting her which is not because I dislike her but I find the partnership of Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to be very entertaining on court and also off it as shown in the video that James has placed on here. I am also beginning to like Iga and her style of play and personality.

    Looking forward to Wimbledon and keeping my fingers crossed that a decent number of spectators will be allowed in.

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    • Thanks, Peter. It’s been a long one! Can’t quite believe that Krejcikova just did the double. Incredible achievement. I’m hearing 50% capacity for Wimbledon but nothing confirmed yet. Looking forward to it 🙂

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      • 50% will be good enough if it happens. I think that we might get another win from one of the players who is not that high in the rankings. Barty still seems to be struggling with recovering from her injury problems whilst Simona has recently suffered an injury and Serena has not won a GS since 2017. I doubt that Naomi will show up and I do not think that Iga Swiatek will have enough experience to win on grass yet.

        Should be good anyway and congrats to Krejcikova for doing the double. An excellent achievement.

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      • Barty posted videos of hitting at Wimbledon yesterday so that’s at least a positive sign. I thought Halep had a wild card into the Berlin tournament but she’s not in the main draw. I’ll be very surprised if Osaka plays Wimbledon.

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      • That is strange as Simona issued a video on Twitter stating that she was going to play in Germany so I am unsure what has happened. Hope she is ok and also that Barty will be fit enough for Wimbledon.

        I will be able to watch this event on Amazon and hoping for a good run from Belinda who will enjoy this surface more than the clay and could reach the semi’s.

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      • Just realised it’s me, I keep mixing up Berlin and Hamburg! Halep has a wild card into Hamburg which is the week after next. Berlin had a lot of withdrawals, unsurprisingly, but still a decent draw.

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      • You were right James about 50% capacity at Wimbledon and full capacity is now going to be allowed for the final. Great news.

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  2. Was a great match very happy for Barba J well deserved AND yes I hope she gets the doubles as well, something special is happening for her. James, love your work over the years. This FO has been another class outing for the women’s single tournament and your posts are ALWAYS a great & fun read. #isurvived T-shirts 😆🤣. The men’s should be good too. Love tennis, love life, keep it up man 👍

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  3. Sad for Pavs as well but I’m thinking that if Barbora can win the match and the tournament even whilst having one day less to recover than her opponent (because of the doubles match she played on Friday), then she deserves it. I also remember that only a minority of players even make the final of a grand slam, never mind win one.

    Good that Barbora mentioned Jana Novotna too, another fine player who was sadly taken too early but showed the value of persistence at Wimbledon in the 90s, winning her first (and I believe only) grand slam tournament five years after her first appearance in the final in 1993.

    What a topsy-turvy tournament it was though, with four first time semifinalists in the end and still some great tennis.

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    • I have similar feelings, Graham. I think Barbora was a worthy winner in the end. A topsy turvy tournament indeed and ready to move focus onto the grass…

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  4. I didn’t manage to watch the final – I’ve been swamped with work this past week! Very happy for Barbora though. I’d love her to win the doubles today as well!

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    • Yeap, She really did. I had no doubt in the doubles cause she has world class pedigree there. That partnership with Siniakova is no slouch. But, being unseeded in the singles and still doing it on your first ask in the finals, that is some good karma.

      🙂 My question is, where has all this competitive spirit been with these women. Shame the world had to catch the sniffles and then progressively worse ending up on life support to bring out the hidden gems in some of these players. Well, better late than never, I for one, won’t complain. I was already high on Tennis after the Djokovic vs Nadal semifinals. It seemed like that was the actual final, but I will hold my horses for now so as not to disrespect Tsitsipas. He deserves his place in the final too.

      Hopefully, Wimbledon also serves us a treat!

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      • I am fascinated to see what Krejcikova does for the rest of the year. I really don’t have any kind of inclination. While I think her game will match up well for grass, I don’t think we can expect much after a bruising three weeks. Can’t wait for Wimbledon!

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  5. Watched the final and was really hooked in the 3rd set. Gutted for Pavs but great how Krejcikova held her nerves and changing directions of the ball every other second. That was really great point construction in the latter stages of the set. So… IMO a deserving winner. Just annoyed about people saying the doesn’t belong…. I mean she just won her first title and won seven matches in a row at the French Open. She surely belongs. And it’s not like she hasn’t been there before..
    However, bring on the grass!!!!

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    • Agreed Murphy, Krejcikova is a deserving winner. I don’t buy into all doesn’t belong/fluke lark. If you win seven matches in a row, no matter who you play, you bloody deserve it! Certainly a difficult one to comprehend as I don’t think anyone prior to the tournament thought that she could go and win it. I’m fascinated to see what Krejcikova does next. I really don’t know what to expect!

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