Barbora Krejcikova wins French Open women’s title

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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 past five years at Roland Garros.

Krejcikova will now aim 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 have two Grand Slam doubles titles under their belt and are scheduled for Sunday’s final of that event in Paris.

The 31st seeded Pavlyuchenkova played 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 on Saturday.

This was only Krejcikova’s second WTA singles title, but they are in her last two tournaments. She won the trophy on clay last month in Strasbourg, France and now has a 12-game winning streak.

She is the sixth consecutive Grand Slam champion to receive the trophy at Roland Garros, where the red clay can reduce the effectiveness of quick serves and the sometimes odd bounces produced by, and the specific footwork required, players. frustrate.

Saturday’s game between two first Grand Slam finalists was perhaps a fitting end to a two-week full of surprises.

Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion with No. 2, withdrew after one match – and a conflict with Grand Slam officials over a rule requiring it to speak to the media – to take a mental health break.

Number 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 due to an injured calf.

Serena Williams was defeated in the fourth round. Defending champion Iga Swiatek lost in the quarterfinals.

(AP)