Barbora Krejcikova qualified Thursday at Roland Garros for her first Grand Slam final by eliminating Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in 3:18 (including 84 minutes for the only last set) and will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
La Czech Barbora Krejcikova, 33rd player in the world, qualified for the women’s singles final at Roland Garros by beating, on Thursday, in the semi-final, the Greek Maria Sakkari (WTA 18) 7-5, 4-6, 9 -7. Krejcikova saved a match point before winning in 3 hours and 18 minutes on her fifth match point. She joined in the final the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The first set began with three consecutive breaks, two for Sakkari and one for Krejcikova. Led 1-3, the Czech saved two break points to return to 2-3 then in turn took the service of her opponent (3-3). After another break from Krejcikova and a break from Sakkari (5-4), the Czech won the first round by taking the service of the Greek (7-5).
Sakkari dominated the second set, taking Krejcikova’s first two face-offs to lead 0-4. Despite the loss of her service (2-4), she did not tremble and won the set 4-6.
In the deciding set, a break in the third game allowed Sakkari to take the advantage (1-2). By confirming this break, she took off (1-3). The 18th player in the world inherited a first match point on her opponent’s service, but did not materialize (4-5). Krejcikova took Sakkari’s serve to come back to 5-5. At 7-6, it was Krejcikova’s turn to waste three match points. On the fourth match point, at 8-7, the Czech raised her arms, thinking Sakkari’s ball was out, but the referee allowed the point. Krejcikova finally came through on her fifth match point to win 9-7.
25-year-old Krejcikova will play her first Grand Slam final. At Roland Garros, where she is playing the main draw for the third time, she reached the round of 16 in 2020. She will be aiming for a second title, after the one won in Strasbourg this year. In 2021, she was also a finalist in Dubai.
The third round, reached in 2018 and 2020, was the best result for 25-year-old Sakkari, who knocked out Elise Mertens in the third round.
In the final, Krejcikova will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 32nd player in the world, victorious over Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (WTA 85) 7-5, 6-3 earlier in the day.