Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova became the first player to reach the last act of a Grand Slam after playing 52 in all. In fact, she will play the final of the Roland Garros 2021. Suffice it to say that, before overcoming Elena Rybakina, the Russian had lost the six quarter-finals played in her career, winning only two sets in total.
In the semifinals, Pavlyuchenkova eliminated Tamara Zidansek with a score of 7-5, 6-3. The Slovenian started the match with more courage and found the break in the opening thanks to the slice landed beyond the baseline of her opponent.
Pavlyuchenkova got the counter-break in the fourth game, in which Zidansek made a comeback from 40-0 and made a nasty backhand mistake. The Russian then moved to 5-3 and serve, always with the complicity of her rival, but the emotion took over and a very ugly backhand reopened the first set.
Zidansek showed great courage in the important moments, not in the one that probably decided the dispute. Under 5-6, the Slovenian hit a painful double foul on the break ball and handed the partial to Pavlyuchenkova. The second part of the game saw the break festival projected on the historic Chatrier.
Neither player managed to keep their nerve: a free series and double fouls have shifted the scales from side to side. Finally, it was Zidansek who completely lost the measure of the field, who after recovering from a 4-1 disadvantage, gave the Russian the decisive break in the eighth game with a forehand several centimeters wide.