Pre-Match Thread: Barbora Krejcikova vs.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | 2021 French Open Women's Final
By - rafaknight
Who is she talking about?
Sucks that Pavs thigh was acting up in the third. Congrats Barbs 🙌🏻
Krejcikova has done it. Who would have thought it at the start of the tournament
Good hold by Pavlyuchenkova
At this point I have no idea who will eventually win, both are shaky
Pavs' thigh injury really does look to be hampering her.
This is the most emotion I've ever seen from Krej lol
Much better set pavs
It's level now, but that injury will probably pay dividends.
Mmmm why is this being done on court
Pavlyuchenkova called the trainer. I hope she is fine
Judging by the amount of sweat dripping off her visor, maybe Pavs is the heir to Nadal
She has already called for the trainer?
Barb is still the heavy betting favorite.
Poor Babs she'll be wondering wth happened after that blistering first set.
The problem with having two first time finalists is the quality suffers because of nerves.
Barb needs to hold here
it’s a bit amusing how two aggressive, all-court players made the final on this really heavy clay surface
The official match thread is here
Tell them to come here :)
What's the point of having one 40 minutes after match starts. We started here.
I prefer the continuity of this thread
Edit: unless everyone abandons this thread lol
Good to see the determination now from Pavs
I am ready for the 3rd set
Welcome to bagel and breadstick factory
This is exactly like the Osaka-Azarenka final. Krejcikova played a near faultless first set, kind of like Azarenka. Exact same scoreline
Error city from Babs now
WOW. What a turnaround. Pavlyuchenkova leads 3-0
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
I’m sorry but the way this is phrased is so hilarious to me lol.
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?
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.
Then we need more mods
> 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.
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
What's the tattoo on the back of her thigh
Ah, Pennetta and Vinci, the reasons for my flair...
Damn Pavs randomly goating this game
Pavlyuchenkova YOU BEAUTY
Pavlyuchenkova gets the break to lead 2-0. She's BACK.
We have a final y’all!
Some magic from Pavs. Let's have a great match, ladies!
Who knows? This could be another Azarenka-Osaka
Holding serve is a good way for Pavlyuchenkova to get herself into the match. Hopefully she turns it around in second set
Big hold for Pavs to break Krejcikova's momentum.
At last, Pavs holds for the first time this final thanks to Krejcikova finally missing a return for the first time this final.
Primarily a doubles player winning Roland Garros is a farce 😂😂🤣
I think it’s great!
Pavs still in this!!
Pavs stems the six game tide.
MAJOR hold from Pavs.
Finally Pavlyuchenkova golds her serve. The best game by her in the match so far.
This is the first time she has held serve. Let’s go Pavs
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.
wta tennis yikes 1hour grandslam finals :D
This is good tennis. Idk what you’re talking about
That defense wow. Even Djokovic would be jealous
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
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?
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.
Female tennis not being taken seriously? Shocker.
Guys I am at times confused between a drop shot and slice can anyone tell the clear difference between these two?
A drop shot is basically a short slice I guess
Thanks for the insight bro.
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.
we will wait bro . I think you are right at least to my understanding.
Deary me this is not looking good for Pavvy
that dropshot *chefs kiss*
Good defense, too steady.
I think Philip Chatrier is still hungover from last night
Omg what a point. Bára is a tactical mastermind.
The dropshot has been fairly effective from Pavs this match so far
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.
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.
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
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.
I must be from the future because I've watched a lot of this match to be posting in a pre-match thread
I want Barbs to win but I’d prefer a higher quality match. So come on Pavs! Try something different in the second set
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
It was tongue-in-cheek.
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
Pavs did not hold serve so far. The one game she won is a break. She's gotto wake up now.
Babs’ mental game is STRONG. Hard as a rock.
Will we ever see five set finals for the women in grand slams? (not the whole tournament)
They did 5 sets at the WTA championship finals during the 90s, don’t think they’ll bring it back.
Probably not, I think it's more likely we'll see the men drop down to 3
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
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.
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
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
I would hate if men dropped to three
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!
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...
The match against Sakkari was the real final. Bára in absolute beast mode today and I fucking love to see it. POJĎ BÁRO!!!
r/tennis mods are like John Cena. Can't see 'em
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.
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.
Pavlyuchenkova overthinking everything. Krejcikova just keep things simple.
Pavs looks out of sorts so far. Hopefully she figures it out in the 2nd
fire up Pavs
Shit this is not what I expected
I want krej to win but this final kinda sucks so far .
Hope pavs shows some fight the second set
Pavs one and only chance at a slam in all likelihood and she could be sent packing in an hour if this keeps up.
Please wake up Pavs. It's getting a little embarrassing :/
Barbora makes it look effortless at times. Her doubles' finals experiences have really helped her in handling her nerves here.
I didn't expect to be so one-sided.
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!!
Krejcikova looks unbeatable. I wonder why she couldn't play like this any other tournament.
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.
Krejcikova too good for Pavlyuchenkova in the first set
Feels like Pavs really needed to win that game, I think Krejcikova just keeps on running away with this now
AnPav needs to stop the rot, or this will be over quickly.
Too easy. The opening break was Pavs' only moment of fight.
Barb ain’t leaving Paris unless she wins. What a performance so far
Pavs need to reset
Almost every point is entirely within Krej's control and Pavs can't handle the slice fh.
Slice forehands are underrated and should be used more
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.
Pavs with the nerves
what a one sided final chilly easy win for bora
Just tuned it pleased and not surprised to see the score Go krejcikova
No main match thread for the women's finals? Lmao this fucking sub is a shit show fr. Mods are useless
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.
Lolz. He’s crying in the club right now
We need a WTA sub
100%. The blatant disrespect of the WtA around here is infuriating
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.
Completely all Krej.
4 points away from a 🥖...
Is tennis channel playing a grass court match instead of the french open final...? Where are you guys watching???
NBC is airing it.
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.
Are mods still asleep?
Pavs really needs to settle down asap.
Wow. This set is going to be over in a flash.
3/14 won on 1st serve for Pavly is really bad. Her serve doing nothing.
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.
The quality of this match is quite low so far ...
Is that Pav's brother?
No, that's Krejcikova.
these angles on Barbs groundstrokes have me watching this through a protractor
The brisk pace of this match, in comparison to the war of attrition yesterday, is quite a jarring change...
it's good for the heart, we need something relaxing after last night
4 games in a row. Pavs needs to break her momentum and win the next game to stay in the set.
Krej 11 winners 8 errors, she started with 3 errors in the first game, what a level from her after that first game.
I really did not expect Krejcikova to be the one to dictate the rallies but here we are!
Pavs just needs to do a bit of problem solving. Krejcikova is playing completely differently tactically compared to her Sakkari match
Krejcikova’s use of the forehand slice makes me feel better about using it in my own matches 👌
Deadly backhand dear God. Maybe that’s what Rafa would have needed yesterday
Look at that point, Krej couldn't do that last match at all, she would have hit an error already.
She played like that earlier in the tournament. The Sakkari match was an outlier imo, until the 3rd set.
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.
Pavs needs to believe in herself.
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.
What’s funny? She’s only down a break? First time watching women’s tennis or you gonna ignore my last paragraph?
It will be 6-1, 6-(under 4)
Good stuff put money on it.
She did so well to save the first 2 break points. oh well. Barbs breaks. *3-1
Barb is crafty with her point construction
It's all Krej now
After that first game, Krejcikova is so dialed in while Pavs lost stability.
Good start from Barbs.. She looks much fresher than her Semifinal match.
They are both playing well, Krej is just playing at a better level.
Lol. They’re talking about Osaka’s withdrawal in a final.
One thing about McEnroe, he’s gonna get his little shots in
Whew. This is great tennis already
Pavs has had quite a bit of lip filler!
This court is so heavy indeed. I expect a lot of dropshots and short slices.
Don't know why odds are balanced but should be an easy win for Krejcikova.
They aren't any more.
Makes sense based on the level of tennis they displayed in earlier rounds and the opponents they beat.
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.
Krej also beat Elina.
I thought Pavs would be the aggressor, but no!
Krejcikova has ridiculously long limbs. She makes everything look easy.
Barbora looking goood right now.
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.
Why does this feel like a Round 1 match and not a final?
Sad to say mate you’re the only one who feels like that on here
All of this Novotna talk by the commentators is making me misty-eyed.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
Yep this is Pav's one and only chance at a Slam you would think.
I love stories about prodigies that lose their way for a while but eventually achieve success. Hoping Pavs can pull it off