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Pre-Match Thread: Barbora Krejcikova vs. [31] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | 2021 French Open Women's Final

Pre-Match Thread: Barbora Krejcikova vs. [31] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | 2021 French Open Women's Final

jigglyjugg

Who is she talking about?


NYKnickerbocker2

Sucks that Pavs thigh was acting up in the third. Congrats Barbs 🙌🏻


ayanshah

Krejcikova has done it. Who would have thought it at the start of the tournament


ayanshah

Good hold by Pavlyuchenkova


pierwyjsort

At this point I have no idea who will eventually win, both are shaky


zi76

Pavs' thigh injury really does look to be hampering her.


binsonfiremiss

This is the most emotion I've ever seen from Krej lol


shyaminator96

Much better set pavs


zi76

It's level now, but that injury will probably pay dividends.


Misterhubs

Mmmm why is this being done on court


ayanshah

Pavlyuchenkova called the trainer. I hope she is fine


binsonfiremiss

Judging by the amount of sweat dripping off her visor, maybe Pavs is the heir to Nadal


thelastattemptsname

She has already called for the trainer?


ParfaitPleasant

Barb is still the heavy betting favorite.


Rez125

Poor Babs she'll be wondering wth happened after that blistering first set.


Big_booty_ho

The problem with having two first time finalists is the quality suffers because of nerves.


queenofhades

Barb needs to hold here


chester_white

it’s a bit amusing how two aggressive, all-court players made the final on this really heavy clay surface


razorsharp3000

https://www.reddit.com/r/tennis/comments/ny735y/match_thread_barbora_krejcikova_vs_31_anastasia/ The official match thread is here


ParfaitPleasant

Tell them to come here :)


thelastattemptsname

What's the point of having one 40 minutes after match starts. We started here.


queenofhades

I prefer the continuity of this thread Edit: unless everyone abandons this thread lol


HhhHhm

Good to see the determination now from Pavs


ParfaitPleasant

I am ready for the 3rd set


ParfaitPleasant

Welcome to bagel and breadstick factory


froomedog

This is exactly like the Osaka-Azarenka final. Krejcikova played a near faultless first set, kind of like Azarenka. Exact same scoreline


Rez125

Error city from Babs now


ayanshah

WOW. What a turnaround. Pavlyuchenkova leads 3-0


thelastattemptsname

People need to chill about absence of a dedicated match thread. The mod is obviously a Rafa fan struggling with yesterday's result. He made proper match threads for all 4 semis. It's not disrespect to the WTA. This thread; s specifically for this match so give him a break


froomedog

I’m sorry but the way this is phrased is so hilarious to me lol.


Big_booty_ho

Is this a think about the mod’s mental health because Rafa lost post? Y’all that personally invested in an athlete you don’t know outside the court?


Rez125

Precisely. Why do people have to create an issue out of nothing, stop complaining and enjoy the match and discussion. Does it really matter that a thread title is missing words?! Unbelievable.


RashomonRain

Then we need more mods


lavta

> The mod is obviously a Rafa fan struggling with yesterday's result. There is a mod team, not one mod for a sub this big. They got new mods before this season started to do some moderation on the sub, which is almost non-existent. And if they knew about this before, they could have just titled the pre-match thread as match thread. The worst thing was creating a match thread after first set finished, unpinning this thread and pinning match thread which is not even sorted by new. It's become more of a mess that way.


EkMard

Yes


chester_white

the funny thing is is that pavs hasnt even been playin poorly this whole match, she just needed barb to drop her level a little one game to break through


Rez125

What's the tattoo on the back of her thigh


Zloggt

Ah, Pennetta and Vinci, the reasons for my flair...


zi76

Nice, Pavs


RashomonRain

Damn Pavs randomly goating this game


ayanshah

Pavlyuchenkova YOU BEAUTY


ayanshah

Pavlyuchenkova gets the break to lead 2-0. She's BACK.


Conceite

We have a final y’all!


verismonopoly

Some magic from Pavs. Let's have a great match, ladies!


froomedog

Who knows? This could be another Azarenka-Osaka


Rez125

Shot!


thelastattemptsname

Holding serve is a good way for Pavlyuchenkova to get herself into the match. Hopefully she turns it around in second set


gkmaster21

Big hold for Pavs to break Krejcikova's momentum.


verismonopoly

At last, Pavs holds for the first time this final thanks to Krejcikova finally missing a return for the first time this final.


Darius0995

Primarily a doubles player winning Roland Garros is a farce 😂😂🤣


queenofhades

I think it’s great!


Conceite

Pavs still in this!!


zi76

Pavs stems the six game tide.


HhhHhm

MAJOR hold from Pavs.


ayanshah

Finally Pavlyuchenkova golds her serve. The best game by her in the match so far.


froomedog

This is the first time she has held serve. Let’s go Pavs


lavta

Match thread created and pinned after the first set. Wanna bet on when the mods will make the match thread sort by new? I say after 5 games in the 2nd set.


face_driller

wta tennis yikes 1hour grandslam finals :D


froomedog

This is good tennis. Idk what you’re talking about


froomedog

That defense wow. Even Djokovic would be jealous


patricklhe

Krej is playing totally differently from the SF, no moonballs here - she’s a smart player and deserves to win, but let’s have 3 sets please


Conceite

Now really think to yourselves… would the mods ever not post a match thread for a men’s grand slam final and resort users to post in a pre-match thread?


lavta

Probably not. But it's not like this sub has a super functional mod team for men's tennis either. I think this sub is cursed forever to be unmoderated.


ArtmausDen

Female tennis not being taken seriously? Shocker.


Rez125

Who cares


shyaminator96

Astounding defense


Confident-Chair5821

Guys I am at times confused between a drop shot and slice can anyone tell the clear difference between these two?


Condescendingoracle

A drop shot is basically a short slice I guess


Confident-Chair5821

Thanks for the insight bro.


Condescendingoracle

But wait to see if someone more knowledgeable corrects me! Also, I would say a slice is usually a more defensive shot, while a drop shot is more offensive.


Confident-Chair5821

we will wait bro . I think you are right at least to my understanding.


Rez125

Deary me this is not looking good for Pavvy


chester_white

that dropshot *chefs kiss*


zi76

Good defense, too steady.


ParfaitPleasant

I think Philip Chatrier is still hungover from last night


Frix211

Omg what a point. Bára is a tactical mastermind.


froomedog

The dropshot has been fairly effective from Pavs this match so far


Darius0995

Doubt we ever hear much of Krejcikova after this tournament because I definitely didn't know she existed prior to it. WTA's skill gap is very limited and consequently dilutes wins like this.


Chosen1gup

She was 12 in the race rankings and will be 3 (2 with a win) after today. She’s won a ton of matches this year.


Cichidy

Im sorry but if you haven’t heared of her prior to this you haven’t watched wta this year. She won a title, made another final and almost defeated Iga in Rome


ArtmausDen

If you watched doubles, you would know who she is very well. She just started to gain success in singles too. She is #2 in doubles atm.


MLKKK36

I must be from the future because I've watched a lot of this match to be posting in a pre-match thread


EkMard

xD


queenofhades

I want Barbs to win but I’d prefer a higher quality match. So come on Pavs! Try something different in the second set


froomedog

A bit tangential but after this tournament this sub is really going to have to refrain from calling the women’s winner the next Rafael Nadal. It almost made me resent Iga winning


EkMard

It was tongue-in-cheek.


ajjy21

thought i’d be rooting for Pav, but my heart is rooting for Krej — virtually knew nothing about either before this week, would be happy for both. just hoping for a good match from here on


ParfaitPleasant

Pavs did not hold serve so far. The one game she won is a break. She's gotto wake up now.


Conceite

Babs’ mental game is STRONG. Hard as a rock.


IIMonuII

Will we ever see five set finals for the women in grand slams? (not the whole tournament)


Chosen1gup

They did 5 sets at the WTA championship finals during the 90s, don’t think they’ll bring it back.


PrincessCuculina

Probably not, I think it's more likely we'll see the men drop down to 3


Mediocre-Credit-4170

Why do you say men’s would go to 3 sets? It would not be a grand slam then, people would riot if that ever happened


HittingandRunning

I keep hearing that people have a shorter attention span these days - being there are so many options: Netflix, Hulu, etc., lots of internet sites, social media... so it's less likely people will be willing to spend 4-5 hours watching a tennis match. I think that's part of the reasoning for trying out things like the format of the Next Gen year end finals and whatever tournament Patrick Mouratoglou was recently sponsoring. It's supposed to make the matches faster.


PrincessCuculina

Because they're going to have to make the sport more accessible to younger audiences and a way to do that is to make matches shorter


Mediocre-Credit-4170

I don’t ever want to think about that happening, they should know also that it would cause a lot of backlash if they did that so I hope they don’t


Dicey684

I would hate if men dropped to three


EkMard

Yes


HhhHhm

Don't get me wrong, watching Krejcikova play tennis has been a revelation to me, but I would like to see a more competitive match. So: Come on Pavs!


Zloggt

Not going to lie, I’m quite busy tomorrow, so I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to watch the men’s final, so I hope that this match can stay competitive going forward...


Frix211

The match against Sakkari was the real final. Bára in absolute beast mode today and I fucking love to see it. POJĎ BÁRO!!!


ChanceVance

r/tennis mods are like John Cena. Can't see 'em


slayer_of_potatoes

At the start of the tournament, I was cheering for Barty, Jabeur, Gauff, Wang, Hsieh, Suarez Navarro, Stephens, V Williams, Ostapenko, Sakkari, Muguruza, Kostyuk, Swiatek, Kvitova, Azarenka, Kuznetsova, Tauson, Fernandez, Andreescu, Van Uytvanck, Podoroska, Bencic, Kanepi, Vondrousova, Burel, and Osaka. Was kind of hoping one of them would still be involved today.


gkmaster21

Virtual bagel after the 1st game, that was brutal. I expect Pavs to fight back as she did earlier in the tournament but who knows... she may implode. It's a slam final.


Sperrow8

Pavlyuchenkova overthinking everything. Krejcikova just keep things simple.


hopez11

Pavs looks out of sorts so far. Hopefully she figures it out in the 2nd


MLKKK36

fire up Pavs


shyaminator96

Shit this is not what I expected


Big_booty_ho

I want krej to win but this final kinda sucks so far . Hope pavs shows some fight the second set


ChanceVance

Pavs one and only chance at a slam in all likelihood and she could be sent packing in an hour if this keeps up.


ExpressZebra

Please wake up Pavs. It's getting a little embarrassing :/


Viks101

Barbora makes it look effortless at times. Her doubles' finals experiences have really helped her in handling her nerves here.


ayanshah

I didn't expect to be so one-sided.


ArtmausDen

If it was any other player I would be worried for Krejčíková that she will lose her cool but she has nerves of steel. I hope she keeps up!!


gaylonghorn

Krejcikova looks unbeatable. I wonder why she couldn't play like this any other tournament.


ArtmausDen

She mentioned her self-confidence had a lot to do with it. She was always taken seriously only in doubles and had hard times switching to singles for a really long time. She almost gave up finding a way to utilize her doubles skills in singles game. And now this happened.


ayanshah

Krejcikova too good for Pavlyuchenkova in the first set


PrincessCuculina

Feels like Pavs really needed to win that game, I think Krejcikova just keeps on running away with this now


s0ngsforthedeaf

AnPav needs to stop the rot, or this will be over quickly.


zi76

Too easy. The opening break was Pavs' only moment of fight.


TheToyHero

Barb ain’t leaving Paris unless she wins. What a performance so far


froomedog

Pavs need to reset


zi76

Almost every point is entirely within Krej's control and Pavs can't handle the slice fh.


Misterhubs

Slice forehands are underrated and should be used more


gkmaster21

Krejcikova has too much variety of spins, pace and directions for Pavs at the moment. She will have to find a way to deal with Barbs' variety.


Big_booty_ho

Pavs with the nerves


face_driller

what a one sided final chilly easy win for bora


melmac77

Just tuned it pleased and not surprised to see the score Go krejcikova


missL102781

No main match thread for the women's finals? Lmao this fucking sub is a shit show fr. Mods are useless


thelastattemptsname

Looks like the mod made a prematch thread half a day in advance cos he knew he would still be in shock of Rafa losing at RG to make the actual match thread.


Big_booty_ho

Lolz. He’s crying in the club right now


Big_booty_ho

We need a WTA sub


missL102781

100%. The blatant disrespect of the WtA around here is infuriating


verismonopoly

This reminds me of Schiavone's all-court masterclass over Stosur but infinitely lower quality from Pavs. Pavs should get her head fixed ASAP. Krejcikova dominating.


zi76

Completely all Krej.


Zloggt

4 points away from a 🥖...


starboys23

Is tennis channel playing a grass court match instead of the french open final...? Where are you guys watching???


shyaminator96

Nbc


zi76

NBC is airing it.


deucemckenzie

There is something about the way that Krejcikova changes the ball direction regularly with such a compact swing that gives the impression of video game tennis.


Mental_Caregiver

Are mods still asleep?


HhhHhm

Pavs really needs to settle down asap.


Rez125

Wow. This set is going to be over in a flash.


Gaarando

3/14 won on 1st serve for Pavly is really bad. Her serve doing nothing.


verismonopoly

I wish the commentators talked about the two great players in front of them. Yes - Naomi, Ash, Petra, Simona - they all withdrew. But don't let that dominate the discussion.


cyclone_24

The quality of this match is quite low so far ...


Rez125

Is that Pav's brother?


slayer_of_potatoes

No, that's Krejcikova.


MLKKK36

these angles on Barbs groundstrokes have me watching this through a protractor


Zloggt

The brisk pace of this match, in comparison to the war of attrition yesterday, is quite a jarring change...


PrincessCuculina

it's good for the heart, we need something relaxing after last night


gkmaster21

4 games in a row. Pavs needs to break her momentum and win the next game to stay in the set.


Gaarando

Krej 11 winners 8 errors, she started with 3 errors in the first game, what a level from her after that first game.


pierwyjsort

I really did not expect Krejcikova to be the one to dictate the rallies but here we are!


froomedog

Pavs just needs to do a bit of problem solving. Krejcikova is playing completely differently tactically compared to her Sakkari match


SoleSurvivor2287

Krejcikova’s use of the forehand slice makes me feel better about using it in my own matches 👌


froomedog

Deadly backhand dear God. Maybe that’s what Rafa would have needed yesterday


Gaarando

Look at that point, Krej couldn't do that last match at all, she would have hit an error already.


gkmaster21

She played like that earlier in the tournament. The Sakkari match was an outlier imo, until the 3rd set.


verismonopoly

Fabulous all-court game. Barbora employing so many heights, spins, directions. The commentators really jinxed themselves by saying that she only knew crosscourt shots. Those BH-DTL have set up so many winning points.


nachtigalz

Pavs needs to believe in herself.


[deleted]

Pav looking great. A lot of controlled aggression with her shot making. Playing well from the back of the court, and is happy to step in. Krej has a lot of variety which will cause some troubles but even if Pav is down and out, I think she will find a way to just be too much for Krej.


wmkwk

Lol


[deleted]

What’s funny? She’s only down a break? First time watching women’s tennis or you gonna ignore my last paragraph?


wmkwk

It will be 6-1, 6-(under 4)


[deleted]

Good stuff put money on it.


gkmaster21

She did so well to save the first 2 break points. oh well. Barbs breaks. *3-1


Misterhubs

Barb is crafty with her point construction


zi76

It's all Krej now


verismonopoly

After that first game, Krejcikova is so dialed in while Pavs lost stability.


Viks101

Good start from Barbs.. She looks much fresher than her Semifinal match.


Rez125

Oh pavs


Gaarando

They are both playing well, Krej is just playing at a better level.


Big_booty_ho

Lol. They’re talking about Osaka’s withdrawal in a final. One thing about McEnroe, he’s gonna get his little shots in


froomedog

Whew. This is great tennis already


Rez125

Pavs has had quite a bit of lip filler!


verismonopoly

This court is so heavy indeed. I expect a lot of dropshots and short slices.


zombiezebra1990

Don't know why odds are balanced but should be an easy win for Krejcikova.


s0ngsforthedeaf

They aren't any more.


zombiezebra1990

Makes sense based on the level of tennis they displayed in earlier rounds and the opponents they beat.


s0ngsforthedeaf

An Pav played amazingly against Rybakina and Azarenka. Krejcikova did best Sakkari, but she was inconsistent doing it. I don't think it's that clear cut. But if you thought she had the edge going into this, we'll, looks like you were right.


zi76

Krej also beat Elina.


Condescendingoracle

I thought Pavs would be the aggressor, but no!


s0ngsforthedeaf

Krejcikova has ridiculously long limbs. She makes everything look easy.


Majkl_94

Barbora looking goood right now.


ChanceVance

Don't get me wrong Pavs has my full support here but this match up is a frustrating reminder of the ineptitude of Pliskova and Svitolina at grand slams. No matter how open the draw, they can never capitalize.


cyclone_24

Why does this feel like a Round 1 match and not a final?


Mediocre-Credit-4170

Sad to say mate you’re the only one who feels like that on here


blackb0xes

All of this Novotna talk by the commentators is making me misty-eyed.


ArtmausDen

May I ask what are they saying abroad? I have local commentary. I am assuming you are not Czech. If you are, ignore my question :)


blackb0xes

I'm a Canadian watching the NBC stream. They were recounting the story of how Krejcikova and her parents showed up at Novotna's house just wanting a bit of advice, and Novotna was impressed enough to want to go on the road with her, and how Krejcikova has said that she wouldn't be there without her.


ArtmausDen

Ahh, that’s amazing that they went into so much detail. I am impressed. The female tennis scene in our country has really developed. It’s absolutely wonderful to see retired players establishing schools and helping the new generation of girls here. The amount of talent is overwhelming for a tiny nation like ours.


blackb0xes

You guys should be very proud of the seemingly endless array of talented Czech players on the WTA tour. I would be overjoyed if women's tennis in Canada could get anywhere near what it is right now in the Czech Republic in my lifetime.


Rez125

Yep this is Pav's one and only chance at a Slam you would think.


froomedog

I love stories about prodigies that lose their way for a while but eventually achieve success. Hoping Pavs can pull it off