Unseeded Krejcikova wins maiden Grand Slam title
- EP News Service
- Jun 12, 2021
NEW DELHI: By conquering Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the French Open, unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova completed a remarkable transition from a doubles specialist to a Grand Slam singles champion on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, a former doubles number one, defeated Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4 to become the first Czech to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Hana Mandlikova, who represented the former Czechoslovakia, triumphed in 1981.
Krejcikova was languishing outside the top 100 before last September's edition of the French Open - her preparations restricted to a series of ITF Circuit events back home - but a run to the fourth round in Paris changed her singles career.
Her preparations were much more solid this year as she won her maiden WTA title in Strasbourg in the run-up to Roland Garros. Following Saturday's win, Krejcikova extended her winning run to 12 matches.
After suffering the ignominy of numerous qualifying losses at the Grand Slams, Krejcikova won the ultimate prize in claycourt tennis in only her fifth main draw singles appearance at a major.