French Open 2021 Women’s Singles Final Highlights: Barbora Krejcikova Beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to Win Maiden Grand Slam Singles Title

Barbora Krejčíková savours the moment (AP Photo)

Barbora Krejčíková savours the moment (AP Photo)

French Open 2021 Women’s Singles Final Live: Check here the live blow by blow account of the women’s singles final of the French Open between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Krejcikova.

French Open 2021 women’s singles final:  Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the French Open final on Saturday. This was only the fifth major tournament in singles for Krejcikova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic.

She is the third unseeded women’s champion in the last five years at Roland Garros. Krejcikova now will try to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the French Open singles and doubles titles in the same year. Krejcikova and partner Kateria Siniakova already own two Grand Slam doubles titles and are scheduled to play in the final of that event in Paris on Sunday.

The 31st-seeded Pavlyuchenkova was playing in her first Grand Slam final in the 52nd major tournament of her career. She was treated for a left leg injury late in the second set Saturday.

This was only the second WTA singles title for Krejcikova, but they have come in her past two tournaments. She won the trophy on clay at Strasbourg, France, last month and is now on a 12-match winning streak.

She is the sixth consecutive first-time Grand Slam champion to collect the trophy at Roland Garros, where the red clay can diminish the effectiveness of speedy serves and the sometimes odd bounces produced by, and particular footwork required on, the surface can frustrate players.

Saturday’s matchup between two first-time Grand Slam finalists was perhaps a fitting conclusion to a two weeks filled with surprises.

Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion seeded No. 2, withdrew after one match — and a conflict with Grand Slam officials over a rule that mandates speaking to the media — to take a mental health break. No. 1-ranked Ash Barty, the 2019 champion, retired from her second-round match with a left hip injury. No. 3 Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, never showed up because of a hurt calf. Serena Williams was beaten in the fourth round. Defending champion Iga Swiatek lost in the quarterfinals.

Set 2 Summary

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has leveled the French Open final at one set apiece. She won the second set 6-2 after unseeded Barbora Krejcikova took the first 6-1. Pavlyuchenkova was down a break point in the first game of the second set but held for the first time to start a 3-game run. The 31st-seeded Russian played more aggressively and produced a series of spectacular winners that put Krejcikova on the back foot. She broke again for a 5-1 lead then dropped her serve. After receiving treatment on her back at the changeover, she returned to the court with her left thigh strapped and broke again with a backhand winner.

First Set Summary

Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova is one set away from the French Open title. After dropping her serve immediately, Krejcikova quickly recovered to reel off six straight games against 31st-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Krejcikova won the opening set 6-1 in 31 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. Both women are playing in their first Grand Slam final. Krejcikova dictated play from the baseline and mixed in drop shots with sharp groundstrokes.

Final Preview

World number 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on Barbora Krejčíková in an unexpected French Open Women’s Singles final on Saturday at the Phillipe Chatrier court in Paris. The match will get underway from 6:30 pm (IST). Pavlyuchenkova has reached this stage in her 52nd attempt. On the other hand, Krejcikova is known as the double specialist and this is her only fifth appearance in a singles main draw at a Grand Slam event. Barring French Open 2021, Krejcikova has never gone past the round of 16 in her previous attempts.

The duo was also helped by the fact that the top seeds just kept falling at Roland Garros this year. While world number one and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty was knocked out in the second round, the 23 Slam queen Serena Williams bowed out in the fourth round. The world number two Naomi Osaka pulled out after the first round and 2018 champion Simona Halep did not even come to Paris.

When is French Open 2021 Women’s Final?

The women’s French Open final between Barbora Krejčíková and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take place on Saturday, June 12.

At what time French Open 2021 Women’s Final will take place?

The women’s final between Barbora Krejčíková and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take place at 06.30 PM (IST).

Where will the Women’s French Open 2021 Final take place?

French Open Women’s final will be played at the Phillipe Chatrier court in Paris.

Where can I watch the French Open Women’s Final on TV?

The Star Sports network has the broadcasting rights for the French Open 2020 Women’s Final.

Where can I live stream the 2021 French Open Women’s Final online?

The women’s final can be live-streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.

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  • First Published: June 12, 2021, 17:51 IST