French Open 2021, women's semi-finals: Krejcikova to face Pavlyuchenkova in final

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French Open 2021, women's semi-finals: Krejcikova to face Pavlyuchenkova in final

Barbora Krejcikova takes on Maria Sakkari in the second women's semi-final at French Open. AP



June 11, 2021 - 00:15 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

We've played witness to two incredible women's singles semi-finals, and after all of today's action, we have our finalists in Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Krejcikova! Do join us tomorrow though, because we'll be right back here, bringing you all the latest updates and more from the men's singles semi-finals! Until then, goodbye and goodnight! 

June 11, 2021 - 00:12 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova speaks after the match: I always wanted to play a match like this. When I was younger and playing juniors, I always wanted this. Such a challenging match, we both did so well, but unfortunately only one can win. Even if I had lost, I would be proud of myself, because I really fought. That's the most important thing. To fight.

June 11, 2021 - 00:08 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova wins 7-5, 4-6, 9-7!

Yet again, Maria Sakkari will serve to stay in the match. Sakkari draws first blood in the game as Krejcikova hits a return into the net. Krejcikova the levels with a lovely backhand winner down the line. A lovely volley from Sakkari leaves Krejcikova stranded at the net, and it's 30-15. Oh, that is out of this world! Krejcikova nails an inside out backhand, and she sends it flying into the corner of the court. Beautiful stuff! 30-30. Ooh, double fault from Sakkari, and Krejcikova has another match point, her fourth match point. Can she finally wrap up the contest? Sakkari's forehand is called long! Is this it?? No wait. The umpire is off his chair, and he says it's hit the line. Hawkeye shows that it was out. If Krejcikova loses from here on out, it'll be a travesty. Anyway, we play the point again. Sakkari wins it this time! It's deuce. Krejcikova hits long! Advantage Sakkari! Great defence from Sakkari that. SAKKARI HITS WIDE AND WE'RE BACK AT DEUCE. What great work from Krejcikova to compose herself. Okay, Sakkari has hit wide, and the umpire agrees with this one. Advantage Krejcikova. And match point #5. KREJCIKOVA IS THROUGH TO HER FIRST-EVER GRAND SLAM FINAL! Maria Sakkari really did her best, and it was one hell of a contest, but eventually, it's the Czech star who comes out on top. This is box office stuff!

June 10, 2021 - 23:56 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 4-6, 8-7 Maria Sakkari* (*denotes next server)

Krejcikova to serve and Sakkari wins the first point. Somehow, after having battled for three full hours, these spectacular athletes are finding new reserves of energy! Krejcikova battles back with a point. 15-15. Sakkari hits a forehand into the doubles alley. Another mistake from Sakkari, 40-15. That one was hit just wide of the line as well. Sakkari fires a return into the net and Krejcikova takes the game.

June 10, 2021 - 23:53 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova* 7-5, 4-6, 7-7 Maria Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Krejcikova hits a backhand long. 15-0. Oh, sweet strike from Krejcikova, it seems like she really has upped her aggression level. She sends a forehand speeding down the line and past Sakkari. Sakkari overcooks a shot, and now Krejcikova has the upper hand. Ah, another poor miss! A bit of moonball tennis is followed by a dash to the net from Sakkari, but she can't dig out a volley in time. Krejcikova has two match points. Sakkari misses her first serve. Her second serve is alright, and in the resultant rally, Krejcikova hits long. No matter who wins, this has been a wonderful contest. Oh, gutsy backhand winner from Sakkari! She really stepped up and tooth things into her own hands. Deuce! Sakkari misses her first serve. Krejcikova gets an incredible slice of luck on the second serve, as her return hits the top of the net and falls on Sakkari's side. Another match point. Could this be the one? Nope. Sakkari smashes an ace down the T, there were 177kmphs behind that scorcher. Deuce. Sakkari gets advantage with an overhead smash! Krejcikova hits long and we keep going!

June 10, 2021 - 23:45 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 Maria Sakkari* (*denotes next server)

Krejcikova wins the first two points, one with some excellent shot placement and the other with an ace. Sakkari then hits a return wide, and she seems really annoyed at herself. Oh, that was a terrible shot from Sakkkari, she hits straight into the net despite having more than enough time to think about her shot. Hold for Krejcikova!

June 10, 2021 - 23:43 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova* 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 Maria Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Sakkari takes the first point, but then makes an error and sends a shot long. 15-15. Ooh, excellent forehand from Sakkari, she just about finds the baseline. Big mistake from Krejcikova, she hits wide into the doubles alley. We're down to the wire. Sakkari holds! No tiebreak in the French Open, so we could have a bit more action in store for us. 

June 10, 2021 - 23:38 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 4-6, 6-5 Maria Sakkari* (*denotes next server)

Double fault from Krejcikova, the second serve was initially ruled to be alright but was overturned by the umpire. Sakkari hits a backhand long. 15-15. Another missed backhand from Sakkari, she hits it into the net. 30-15. Sakkari's backhand is letting her down at the minute, she hits yet another one long. 40-15. Can Krejcikova hold and take some pressure off of her shoulders. Great tennis from Krejcikova to force Sakkari into making mistakes! She holds serve and now Sakkari will have to serve to stay in this match. 

June 10, 2021 - 23:33 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova* 7-5, 4-6, 5-5 Maria Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Alright then Maria, what have you got in store for us? First point of what could be the deciding game goes the way of Krejcikova. Sakkari hit that one long. Another missed forehand from Maria Sakkari, she puts just a little too much juice into it and sends it an inch too far. Krejcikova then misses a backhand, she hits the net. This is intense stuff! Sakkari looks fired up. She sends a piledriver of a serve down the middle and the ball flies like it was sent out of a cannon! Huge serve that. 30-30. Sakkari then buries a forehand in the net. Krejcikova has a vital breakpoint. WOW! A thunderous cross-court backhand winner from Sakkari makes it deuce. Oh no, Sakkari tried to be cute, and she misses her dropshot. Another break point for Krejcikova. Sakkari misses her first serve. Ger second serve is alright. Both players playing one moonball after the next, and then Krejcikova manages to catch Sakkari out with a lovely backhand! We're back on serve in this incredible match! 

June 10, 2021 - 23:26 (IST)

Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 4-6, 4-5 Maria Sakkari* (*denotes next server)

Oof, great backhand winner from Krejcikova. She cannot afford to be broken now, it's now or never for her. She misses a forehand after some great defensive work from Maria Sakkari. Another huge point for Sakkari, Krejcikova's attempted backhand down the line flies long! Mistake from Sakkari, it's 30-30 now, and this is incredibly tense. What does Krejcikova have left in her tank? She's clips the top of the net, and the ball falls back on to her side! Match point Sakkari. OH WOW! Nerves of steel from Krejcikova, she forces Sakkari into sending a lob her way, and she hits a commanding backhand to make it deuce. Advantage Krejcikova! A couple of excellent points, and she's still alive in this contest. Sakkari hits long, and Krejcikova survives! Sakkari will serve for the match. 

For the sixth year running, a first-time champion will be crowned at Roland Garros. There were six maiden quarter-finalists out of eight in the previous round and now we have four first-time semi-finalists at Roland Garros for the first time in the Open Era.

One of Maria Sakkari, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Barbora Krejcikova and Tamara Zidansek will lift the trophy on Saturday. But before we get to that stage, they have to get through the last-four which pits Pavlyuchenkova against Zidansek and Krejcikova versus Sakkari.

Sakkari is the highest-ranked player among the four at World No 18, 67 places above Zidansek, the first woman representing Slovenia to make the semi-finals of a Slam.

At 29, Pavlyuchenkova, a junior No 1, is into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam in her 52nd attempt. She accounted for a strong tournament favourite Aryna Sabalenka before sending Victoria Azarenka packing.

Zidansek entered the tournament with a 3-8 Grand Slam record with two first round exits in Paris. She started the tournament by making an announcement win over 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Sakkari is not a new name to the WTA Tour and in going deep into a tournament. But this is her first foray beyond the fourth round and it has come in convincing manner. She beat 2020 French Open finalist Sofia Kenin and then defending champion Iga Swiatek. She is the first Greek woman to make the quarters and then semi-finals of a tennis major.

Krejcikova, 2018 French Open doubles champion, is two wins from adding the singles title to her collection. Mentored by legendary late Jana Novotna, Krejcikova hadn't won a Grand Slam singles match before last year's Australian Open. Her run has seen her beat Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff.

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