Krejcikova surprises and will play the Roland Garros final

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Barbora Krejcikova (World No. 33) qualified this Thursday at Roland Garros for her first Grand Slam final by eliminating Greek Maria Sakkari (18th) 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in 3 hours and 18 minutes (of which 84 minutes corresponded to the last set) and she will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32nd) for the title.

The Czech, who saved a match ball on Thursday, will seek her first Grand Slam title, and the second of her career after Strasbourg in 2021.

Pavlyuchenkova, meanwhile, secured a ticket to her first Grand Slam final by beating Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (85th) 7-5, 6-3.

Against Sakkari, who had eliminated last year's finalist Sofia Kenin and reigning champion Iga Swiatek in the previous two rounds, the tension was palpable in recent games, although the Czech ended up winning on her fifth match point.

"I always wanted to play a game like this, when I was younger, playing junior, I always wanted to play a game like this in which we both had options and we played very well," said Krejcikova.

“Even if I lost today I would be very proud of myself, because I fought. It is the most important thing, both here and in life ”, she added excitedly.

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With tears in her eyes, she dedicated her victory to her compatriot Jana Novotna, winner at Wimbledon in 1998 and passed away in 2017 at the age of 49.

Krejcikova made sure to reach at least 22nd place in the WTA on Monday, the best ranking of her career.

Roland Garros champion in 2018 in doubles with her compatriot Katerina Siniakova, Krejcikova had the best result in Grand Slam before the Parisian fortnight in a round of XNUMX.

This year she will also play in the doubles semifinals on Friday with Siniakova.

The last tennis player to reach the singles and doubles semifinals at Roland Garros in the same year was Lucía Safarova in 2015. But the last to have won both titles in the same year is Mary Pierce in 2000.

AFP

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