Czech Barbora Krejcikova beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the women’s tournament at Roland Garros on Saturday June 12, winning in three sets (6-1, 2-6, 6-4) after a close match and rich in twists and turns.
The two players, who both played their first Grand Slam final, will have gone to the end of the suspense, each regularly taking the service of the other, before Barbora Krejcikova, 33rd player in the world, makes the difference.
The 25-year-old dedicated her first Grand Slam victory to her compatriot and mentor Jana Novotna, who died in 2017 but never managed to win at Roland Garros. “Everything that just happened these two weeks is largely because she takes care of me from up there”, confided Barbora Krejcikova, very moved.
Towards a first place in doubles?
The trophy was presented to her by Martina Navratilova, also of Czech origin but naturalized American in 1981, twice winner in Paris in 1982 and 1984.
Barbora Krejcikova should climb back to 15th in the WTA rankings on Monday, but could also reach first place in doubles if she also won the women’s doubles final this Sunday, where she qualified with Katerina Siniakova.
Only the Frenchwoman Mary Pierce has so far managed to win both trophies in the same year.