"I'm just not going to be panicking anymore..." Barbora Krejcikova, the unseeded player of the French Open, says after winning the singles title. As she stepped off the plane in Paris to play the French grand slam, she would never have believed of her winning it all and finds it still mind-boggling to comprehend.
She had to go through six rounds to prove to herself and opponents that holding it together mentally and physically can be done with success to follow. "I'm really happy that I was able to handle it the way I did," she later admitted after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets: 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
The Czech had mentioned in her press conference how she had spoken with her psychologist many times and had broken through the anxietities and panics to put forth a great showing. The first and second rounds might have been mentally challenging as Krejcikova was playing up against two Czech comrades Kristyna Pliskova and Ekaterina Alexandrova to succeed in staying focused to win the match in three sets and then in two straight sets.
The 33rd ranked WTA player managed to put forth excellent strategies but battled tirelessly against Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens and the 17-year-old Coco Gauff to pull off victories in straight sets. The Czech proved defiant on tactics as she mixed her shots well and at times would change up patterns and pace to come through for winners.
The second set with Pavlyuchenkova proved difficult and the skills she performed to melt down the Russian's game just didn't work and she lost the set at 2-6. But the ability to come back tells it all. In the deciding set, games were tied at 2-all, but the Czech had the answers by blasting crosscourt winners on the shocked Russian who started having unforced errors.
The last return smash went long for the Russian which gave Krejcikova the game, set and match. The Czech commented that before the final she had dreams of accomplishment and said "I was just telling myself it would be very nice if I could get the Grand Slam in all 3 categories."
It was after her win she'd say, "Now it's happening. I cannot believe it, now it's happening." As for the Czech's opponent, Pavlyuchenkova, she was glad to be in the finalist spot saying "It's never easy to be a runner-up but I still have to be grateful for these two amazing weeks."
The winner of her first grand slam title was overjoyed with pleasure and thoughts on the victory. She hopes that things in her life will remain simple but thinking deeply knows there's no chance for that. She purely says with a smile "I just wanna be me. I just don't wanna change. I just wanna still be me."