Unpublished ending, historic ending in Paris. This Saturday, Roland Garros will enthroned its queen. His suitors, two players outside the world Top 20 and who are in their first definition in a Grand Slam competition in singles: the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and the Czech Barbora Krejcikova. And there will be another new winner in the traditional clay of Paris.
For the seventh consecutive year there will be a different champion at Roland Garros and for the fifth consecutive year a player who will be consecrated for the first time. Without a doubt, a special duel.
Saturday then You will be able to enjoy the decisive clash of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of 2021, live on ESPN, from 09:45 in Argentina and Uruguay, 08:45 in Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Venezuela and 07:45 in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
In an unpredictable edition, the top three favorites were eliminated for different reasons: No. 1, Australian Ashleigh Barty was injured; the second, the Japanese Naomi Osaka, came into conflict with the organization due to her discrepancies with the relationship with the press; and the third in contention, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, fell to Pavlyuchenkova.
Pavlyuchenkova (world No. 32) and Krejcikova (No. 33) define a special title. The first, 29, embodies tenacity. In his 52nd Grand Slam appearance, he reached a semi-final for the first time. “I was close to a semis a couple of times, but it didn’t happen. They were ups and downs in terms of results,” acknowledged the Russian.
She holds the record for victories against top 10 players (37 in total, including against Sabalenka in the third round) among tennis players outside that club. One of the keys to this Roland Garros, as she herself said, is to play for fun.
On her own, Krejcikova, 25, drew a path opposite to that of her adversary. This is the Czech’s fifth participation in a Major and she has already planted in a final. Since 2000, only the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, in 2019, managed to reach a definition in so few participations.
She starred in a titanic semifinal against the Greek María Sakkari (No. 18), which lasted three hours and 18 minutes, a physical effort that could weigh her down. Krejcikova also plays the doubles final on Sunday together with her compatriot Katerina Siniakova. The last woman to be in the singles and doubles finals was also Czech Lucie Safarova, in 2015.
“I have no words for how I am playing all these games. I am calm. I am lucky, I inherited it from my father. It is in my genes. Thank God he is calm,” said the tennis player.
No matter who wins, there will be a new name on the Roland Garros track record. And so the stakes are high in Paris.