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French Open 2021 Women’s Final Highlights: Krejcikova wins maiden Grand Slam

French Open 2021 Women's Final Highlights: Barbora Krejcikova became the first Czech women's singles champion since 1981 after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the final in Paris.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 12, 2021 9:01:14 pm
French Open 2021 Women's Final Highlights.

French Open 2021 Women’s Final Highlights: Barbora Krejcikova became the first Czech women’s singles champion since 1981 after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the French Open final in Paris on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Krejcikova, who was unseeded and ranked 33rd, hadn’t made it past the fourth round in at any major before this trip to Paris. But after a magical run, beating the likes of Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Coco Gauff, and Maria Sakkari, she lifted the prestigious Roland Garros trophy after a two-hour-long final. Pavlyuchenkova, who played her first major final in her 52nd appearance, bounced back in the second set but failed to keep her momentum going till the very end.

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French Open 2021 Women's Final Highlights:

20:39 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 Pavlyuchenkova

Krejcikova serves for the title! The game unravels at lightning speed as it soon stands at 15-15. But Krejcikova forces Pavlyuchenkova to stretch on her return and then wins one point. And then another. 40-15. She loses one point but she wins it finally! A maiden major for the unseeded 25-year-old! She becomes the first Czech women's singles champion since 1981!

20:35 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 6-1, 2-6, 5-4 Pavlyuchenkova*

Pavlyuchenkova serves to stay in the final but Krejcikova is on a different level now. A dropshot and then a confident forehand makes it 15-30. A long rally ensues and the Czech's crosscourt backhand makes it 15-40. Pavlyuchenkova saves one championship point to make it 30-40 and then another! Krejcikova overhits a return. Deuce. And the Russian saves it right at the very end. 

20:30 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 2-6, 5-3 Pavlyuchenkova

After successfully breaking her opponent at a crucial juncture of the match, Krejcikova serves with the trophy on her mind. But Pavlyuchenkova wins the first point before the Czech's comeback to make it 15-15. Both the finalists are going toe-to-toe now. From 30-30, Krejcikova wins one after a rally but then, she hits the net on the return. Deuce. In the end, Krejcikova holds!

20:19 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 6-1, 2-6, 2-3 Pavlyuchenkova*

After two breaks by both the finalists, Pavlyuchenkova serves with the goal to hold. Although she gets the first point of the game, Krejcikova makes it 15-15 soon after. From 30-30, the Russian wraps things with an ace and an unforced error from her opponent.

20:08 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 2-6, 1-1 Pavlyuchenkova

Krejcikova serves and loses the first point but he pulls one back. Both the players exchange consecutive punches before the Czech takes the lead on 40-30. She wraps the game up with a beguiling backhand to the left of Pavlyuchenkova. She holds.

20:05 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 6-1, 2-6, 0-1 Pavlyuchenkova*

All to play for in the third set now! Pavlyuchenkova serves first and she wins the first two points with ease. Krejcikova pulls one back but the Russian distances herself with a perfect ace. She holds her serve after her opponent unleashes a wayward forehand. 

20:00 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 2-6 Pavlyuchenkova
19:44 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 6-1, 2-5 Pavlyuchenkova*

Krejcikova stands firm early on, winning two straight points... but Pavlyuchenkova doesn't let go of the game and pounces back with three straight points to make it 40-30. A long rally forces her to hit the net on the return. Deuce. Then, Krejcikova breaks!

19:39 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 1-5 Pavlyuchenkova

Pavlyuchenkova is not putting a single foot wrong right now! She goes toe-to-toe with Krejcikova on her serve and makes it 15-15. Two wayward shots and it's 15-40! But the Russian slips up and fails to keep the ball inside the court twice. Deuce. Krejcikova gets the advantage but falters and hits the net. Pavlyuchenkova doesn't let the chance go away and wins two straight points afterwards!

19:35 (IST)12 Jun 2021
A legend's in the house...
19:28 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1, 1-3 Pavlyuchenkova

After holding her serve, Pavlyuchenkova gathered her confidence to break Krejcikova in the next game. She holds her serve yet again in a necessary turnaround for her, conceding just one point there. She threatens yet again, makes it 15-15 during Krejcikova's serve. But the Czech soon races to 40-15 owing to unforced errors. Another wayward return, and Krejcikova holds! Respite.

19:19 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 6-1, 0-1 Pavlyuchenkova*

Pavlyuchenkova serves first in the second set but Krejcikova just maintains her momentum. The Czech picks up the first point and comes out victorious in a long rally to make it 15-30. She goes ahead to make it 30-40, but the more experienced Russian soon makes it deuce with a brilliant forehand smash. Pavlyuchenkova wins the next point before her opponent gifts her the game point.

19:11 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 6-1 Pavlyuchenkova

After picking up five straight games, Krejcikova serves for the set. But she panics a bit and gifts her opponent two straight points. 0-30. But a backhand winner and then an out by Pavlyuchenkova makes it 30-30. Two brilliant serves and the first set is hers!

19:00 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 3-1 Pavlyuchenkova*

After a slurry start, Krejcikova has finally found some of her groove. She goes in looking for another break and soon finds herself in 15-30. A smart rally and a forehand later, it's 15-40. But Pavlyuchenkova doesn't sit back and unleashes a drop shot... and then an accurate backhand to make it deuce. But soon after, the Russian gifts her opponent the advantage and also the game point.

18:49 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova 1-1 Pavlyuchenkova*

Pavlyuchenkova starts her serve with two quick points before the unseeded Krejcikova bites back to make it 30-15. After a small rally and a good backhand, the Czech makes it 30-40 looking for a break. Then, Pavlyuchenkova races to advantage but an unforced error makes it deuce again. Krejcikova's forehand hands her the advantage and then she seals the deal to level the score in the set. 

18:44 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova* 0-1 Pavlyuchenkova

Krejcikova starts the final with the serve, but he easily gives away three straight points. She's looking a bit under pressure, hitting the nets on her first serve. She hits back to make it 15-40, but Pavlyuchenkova breaks in the first game itself. Nice and easy.

18:40 (IST)12 Jun 2021
All a matter of minutes now...
18:20 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Who said what...

Pavlyuchenkova: "I do everything just by nature and by what I feel, that's why I haven't celebrated it so much. It's my biggest final and I don't think about my opponent. First final after 52 Grand Slams? I join the club of players like Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci, I'm focused and I'd like to win. At least I want to try, that's what I want. I want to enjoy it, it will be a special moment."

Krejcikova: "I think we (after beating Sakkari) both deserved the win for the way we played, but only one can win and I'm happy that it was me. Now I have the chance to play a new game in this tournament. The final? I've always wanted to play these kinds of games, these tournaments with great opponents and reach the utmost rounds."

18:15 (IST)12 Jun 2021
A look into the stats before the final...
18:10 (IST)12 Jun 2021
Krejcikova's road to final...

First round: Kristyna Pliskova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Second round: Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-3
Third round: Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2
Fourth round: Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0
Quarter-finals: Coco Gauff 7-6, 6-3
Semi-finals: Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7

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