For Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, June 12, 2021 will never be a date like any other. In fact, both played the first Grand Slam final in singles in their careers, at the Roland Garros 2021: the Russian became the first player to reach the last act of a Major after having played more than 50 (52 in total) after winning the semifinals.
The Czech, before today, had managed to hit this goal only in doubles, where she has won five times between women's doubles and mixed doubles. Certainly the memories will be much sweeter and more vivid for the Czech player than for the Russian Pavlyuchenkova, in the opening game, took advantage of her opponent's two double faults, one on the break point, to take the lead immediately.
Unfortunately for her, however, her first will be the only game she will win in the first set. Krejcikova started pushing with more conviction in response and dominating the rallies from the baseline; while the Russian has repeatedly lost control of both the backhand and the forehand in important moments: the first of her cost her her serve in the fourth game, the second in the sixth.
In the second part of the game it was a slap on the fly that shifted the balance. Pavlyuvhenkova nullified a heavy break point with this strike and immediately surprised her opponent in response with a stunning long-winning backhand.
The two players decided to play the same film as the first set but playing the part of the other. The only moment of tension for the Russian came to an end in the seventh game, when she was forced to ask for the intervention of the physiotherapist for a problem in her left leg; a problem that did not prevent her from taking the dispute to the last and decisive set.
The two tennis players kept their serve without problems in the first two games, then Pavlyuchenkova chose the worst moment to hit the first double fault of her game and give her rival the turn to serve. Krejcikova, despite her, did the same and allowed the Russian to record with the forehand.
The break that elects the new queen of Paris is that of the seventh game: Krejcikova bends the defenses of Pavlyuchenkova and launches the winning forehand. The Russian finally closed the match with a forehand that ended over the bottom line.
Krejcikova, thanks to this victory, became the first Czech tennis player to conquer Roland Garros since 1981.