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

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

WinterSunshine22

Don´t be so quick to write off Pavs. I think if she works better on her fitness/stamina, she can still win something big. Serena is 10 years older and still on the tour.


aweap

Wow! I had no idea Jana Novotna was her former coach. Am so happy this is like a dedication to another great player who's no longer with us. ❤👍👏👏


mikex939

But the ball was in


jbartlettcoys

Pavlyuchenkova could have asked for a challenge - she was done


kpr007

Actually she asked with her racket. Umpire did a shitty job calling it a match already.


gregothy

It's great to see Barbora all smiles now


froomedog

Do you guys think Osaka will play Wimby


Rez125

Nup


blackb0xes

I don't think so.


Mysonking

Hope not


blackb0xes

I'm enjoying this extended ceremony, but I doubt Pavs is. She probably wants to go somewhere and be alone.


Sperrow8

Happens in every major final. The runner-up just stand there thinking "well...5-10 more minutes of this before I can cry alone in peace".


GratefuLSD25

i love her and when she mentioned the williams sisters i kinda cried a little


Frix211

Well that was like the most genuine thing ever in a post match interview.


acqualingua

Sort of enjoying the unscripted weirdness of Barbora gushing about getting to meet Justine Henin!


Tigerkem

This seem like an after the ceremony kind of interview at this point. Kinda awkward for the crowd and definitely for Pavlyuchenkova.


Big_booty_ho

Let this girl go back to her hotel and rest for doubles finals


Sperrow8

That speech from Pavlyuchenkova. Really love the optimism but dang also that kinda stings. Hope the best for her. EDIT: Also, these interviews went off the rails quick. Love it.


melmac77

Adorable


gkmaster21

Holy shit I forgot Krejcikova saved a match point in the semifinal. What a way to win your 1st slam. Sakkari must be feeling so bad tho.


kpr007

A way with not winning the final point. Nothing to be proud of.


jbartlettcoys

I am a Krejcikova fan for life, no doubt. She seems a truly remarkable person - I may be a little in love


gkmaster21

and she is still 25!!


Big_Accident577

I missed whatever was said about Ostapenko. Was it here or at the ceremony? And what was said?


froomedog

It was the commentator at the end of the match. Something along the lines of “I have a feeling Krejcikova will make her mark on the sport in a way Ostapenko couldn’t “


1ceberglettuce13

Every single commentator has a love-hate relationship with Jelena Oatapenko


Big_Accident577

...


froomedog

This is odd because the crowd is just stuck in their own French world


sharu05

This is certainly an unusual ceremony


Hydroborator

A Trainwreck more like it


Hydroborator

This ceremony is dementing. Bye. See you all in two weeks at Wimbledon


froomedog

Holy shit 2 weeks. So so close


desicyberpunkdude

don't miss the one tomorrow though!


Hydroborator

Oh I will not. But done with ceremonies for now


0Midas

Ostapenko has 1 slam. Made it to to the World Tour Finals, has a No5 ranking (2018 the year after her RG Win), Wimbledon SF in 2018, QF Doubles in Aus/US/RG Open, is a Junior Wimbledon Champion ; won 2017 Seoul as well as 2019 Luxembourg. Her deserved criticism is her unrelaible serve. When asked whether theyd rather be No1 or A Slam Champion all people wud choose a slam. Most people dont have either. Shes still ranked within thr Top 50 which makes her an Elite Athlete. Tennis is cruel because there can only be one winner and its an individual sport. Her criticism for a one slam winner is worse becaus she's a woman (though i dont believe sexism is the reason) Put some respek on her name!!!!!!!!


creepy_Kun

Stop making everything about sexism. There is criticism because many women tennis players just win a slam nowadays and then have nothing more to back it up. Same with Ostapenko. Those achievements you mentioned are good but nothing in comparison to what slam winners are expected to achieve.


froomedog

This is weird now


-Ketjow-

You all wanting to see another Ostapenko so bad. Let me tell you this: Ostapenko's achievement will never be matched. Barbora will probably become a consistent top 16 player :/


Hydroborator

Haha. I love the shade+praise


Tricky-Author-8226

Next up, Bublik wins his first Grand Slam lol


WinterSunshine22

Would match this chaos RG so well.


HhhHhm

I don't understand any French, but every time I pick up 'encore une fois', my mind auto-plays [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2bOXLEvuE) :DD


patricklhe

It was really sad listening to Pavlyuchenkova, imagine how she must feel thinking back on her career and all the could-haves and what-ifs


Hydroborator

My thoughts as well. Not sure she will get this chance as well. I am really digging her tracksuit though


Rez125

It's like the lady speaking over everybody doesn't realise Pavs is fluent in Francais


Zloggt

Has Pliskova won any slams before, or is Krej *the* first ever Czech lady to win? Edit: I am a idiot, forgive me


dnuw

Kvitová


Cichidy

Kvitova


WinterSunshine22

There was already a bad omen for Pavly, when earlier today the Czech girl beat the Russian girl in the junior RG final. Noskova beat Andreeva.


blackb0xes

Very funny and self-deprecating.


desicyberpunkdude

good sense of humor!


froomedog

Y’all leave Ostapenko alone. In a world of Pliskovas, be an Ostapenko


blackb0xes

I don't understand why people feel the urge to bash Ostapenko. Watching her come out of nowhere to win and seeing the kind of tennis she was playing is some of the most fun I've ever had watching tennis.


Sperrow8

Also indirectly a good promotion for the woman doubles match tomorrow since now the recent two singles GS champion is facing each other in that match.


Frix211

Now on to the doubles final, make the impossible very much possible Bára!


jbartlettcoys

She is so incredibly poised. What a beautiful person


thelastattemptsname

If you are gonna mask up wear it properly. Its annoying to see Bartoli wear it as a chin strap


Hydroborator

And Bartoli has been doing the chin strap for a while now. It's annoying. Keep it on or take it off.


patricklhe

Well that figures, Bartoli trained Ostapenko /s


GratefuLSD25

why did the main ref get a trophy? please anyone ?


melmac77

I was saying earlier Nouni must have oodles of those serving plates now


GratefuLSD25

lol! dinner party at Nouni’s !!!!!! 😉


desicyberpunkdude

they always give one to the umpire in charge of the final


GratefuLSD25

that’s awesome and i really appreciate your reply :)


desicyberpunkdude

you're welcome!


thelastattemptsname

It was real stupid to have the photos with the masks last year. Iga has to do it again at RG someday to get a proper photo with this trophy. Maybe she can get one with the doubles trophy tomorrow but the way things have been going Krejcikova might deny that


Tricky-Author-8226

The shade thrown at Ostapenko though lol


froomedog

The Ostapenko shade has been relentless this whole tournament. Yes she won a Slam and flopped.....but she still won a Slam.


melmac77

Anyone know what brand shoes Babs is wearing? They’re pretty 🤩


PrincessCuculina

Head


marc__678

The rest of her gear is Head, but I'll keep looking.


acqualingua

Remarkable to remember that at the start of this year, Krejcikova was thinking about giving up on singles to focus on her doubles career....


marc__678

Those are some BIG gloves


Big_booty_ho

I’m scared to go on twitter and see what the jabronis have to say about this final because I’ll be fighting for the next 2-3 business days


Sperrow8

One of the good things about getting older imo. At some point, you just stop caring about that sort of thing and mainly focus on the good.


Big_booty_ho

Spoiler alert: I’m old af but still like to fight. The disrespect WTA gets on there won’t let me rest


Sperrow8

I see, then it is worth noting but you from 5-10 years ago probably would have start fighting already. Thats the difference.


Big_booty_ho

Haha. This is true. I would be fighting DURING the match


desicyberpunkdude

I avoided Twitter after last night and I'll continue avoiding it today 😅


Viks101

It must be even sweeter for Barbora to have Martina there giving her the trophy.


marc__678

That looks like Martina


gkmaster21

Krejcikova is now ranked 15th with this title. She is also #2 in the race, 100 points behind Barty. If Osaka and Barty don't come back soon she can be No. 1 at the end of the year. Sabalenka and Swiatek are probably her biggest opposition.


froomedog

These kind of reactionary statements are the types that you forget about by the end of the season. Last week it was Swiatek everyone should be worried about. The season is about to take a drastic shift as we move onto grass and American hard courts. Don’t try to predict the WTA. It’s best when it’s unpredictable


gkmaster21

but she is playing good tennis the whole season, not only in RG. That's why she is #2 in the race. She also played a WTA 1000 final in hard courts (Dubai). I think she will do well enough in the next months to reach top 5 at least in the rankings.


froomedog

It’s almost impossible to sustain this level for a whole season. Muguruza was absolutely flying and now she’s off. Then it was Swiatek and now she’s also slowing down. My point is that the season is very dynamic and it’s hard to see what it’s going to look like come November


thelastattemptsname

Iga for all the hype was bot having a great season till Rome where she had a shaky start against Krejcikova. Muguruza is struggling with injury after too much tennis. Krejcikova has a good chance to make the tour finals if not the top 5 before year end. She doesn't have much to defend going forward into the season so that's a big advantage.


gkmaster21

True but look at the opposition in the top 10. Some players are injured or are inconsistent or have off-court problems. That's what I'm considering.


Viks101

Don't forget a fit again Simona Halep.


gkmaster21

Halep is 27th in the race. She has 900 points. She will have to win everything in the 2nd half of 2021 to be No. 1.


Viks101

Well if Halep wins a grand slam and 1-2 WTA 1000 titles, she could be right in the mix. She obviously will need Barbora and Barty to not win much for the rest of the year.


Plenty_Conflict_2379

a eurovision tennis crossover is not one I would have ever expected but this slam has been so weird its fitting lmao


pierwyjsort

French chanson before winner ceremony? Weird but hey, I'm glad that France is finally proud of their Eurovision performance haha. Barbara is a great singer.


Big_booty_ho

Roland Garros is such a rando GS. I love that for them


Tigerkem

I thought her reaction was fine, she still seems to be in disbelief. Seems like a lovely personality off the court.


Sperrow8

Could also just be a bit of an introvert. I think Aslan might be too.


thelastattemptsname

Sucks to be the kid carrying the sanitiser bottle when the other kids are carrying trophies.


blackb0xes

I'll gladly take his job as senior dispenser of hand sanitizer if he doesn't want it.


siddharthvader

It's not over till the lady sings?!


rsparkles_bearimy_99

I really love Barbora when she speeks her mind. I enjoyed very much her speech last match. She's smart, genuine about her feelings, and have sense of awareness about things happening. Today is the same. I appreciate her acknowledgement of fans being present on court in this pandemic. Love her tribute to her team and family and the lady she misses. She's lovely.


Big_booty_ho

Y’all getting music? NBC isn’t playing anything. FOMO


GratefuLSD25

wait what ? where are you ? i’m nbc and getting all the music ?


Big_booty_ho

Boston. I think they played commercials and skipped the music. Lol


GratefuLSD25

oh wow :( i’m in kansas city ffs and they didn’t even do that — lol it wasn’t anything special - but i think it’s lame that some territories didn’t even play it super weird thanks for your reply :) preciate it


froomedog

Live WTA Race: 1. ⁠Barty 2. ⁠Krejcikova 3. ⁠Sabalenka 4. ⁠Osaka 5. ⁠Swiatek 6. ⁠Muguruza 7. ⁠Pavlyuchenkova 8. ⁠Sakkari Wow. Krejcikova is less than 100 points away from Barty now. While this result may seem random, it’s been a very steady build up and anyone who paid attention could see this coming.


thelastattemptsname

Random only for people who don't follow the WTA which unfortunately seems to be a lot of this sub based on the thread. But i feel it's very difficult for Krejcikova to keep this momentum for the whole year. She has to rest at some point


queenofhades

Yep. You may not notice it if you only watch slams or big names but Barbora has been playing really well in singles this year


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slayer_of_potatoes

Continue winning tennis matches? Sounds like a solid career move.


nothataylor

Hell no, I’d like to hear the champions talk more.


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iwouldntlastonthelam

Nobody's making you watch it


desicyberpunkdude

please stop


Tricky-Author-8226

Will they do this tomorrow too? xD


patricklhe

Omg how European is this getting


pythconda

The song is quite good ngl


desicyberpunkdude

french music is good!


pythconda

yea first time listening to it, I really enjoyed it


iwouldntlastonthelam

They ended up 2nd in the Eurovision contest this year


pythconda

wow, that's great to hear


Rez125

This is odd


Big_Accident577

I could not read it, and I'm learning some Czech. Could anybody read it and provide some translation?


Majkl_94

You mean what she wrote on camera? "Czechia, you are the best support."


Big_Accident577

Děkuji moc!


Zloggt

Hard to say, but I’m think I’m getting this: “Czechia, you are a big support!”


Cichidy

Also the rooster was wrong 👀


reddevilzombie

A song lmao?


iwouldntlastonthelam

Hey Roland Garros how about something more upbeat for the celebration of the win


sharu05

Well this is unusual


PrincessCuculina

is that the eurovision lady? what is happening?


iwouldntlastonthelam

Yeah I think that's her. It's fine to play a song while we wait for the trophy celebration but I feel they maybe could've gone with something less depressing


Ryponagar

The French showing off their 2nd place at Eurovision lol


SilentCaveat

This is something new


blackb0xes

i don't know why i'm crying in the discotheque right now


iwouldntlastonthelam

at* ;)


desicyberpunkdude

you're at a discotheque?! cool 😂


nothataylor

Ok the music is new right?


thelastattemptsname

Everyone saw the St. Petersburg ceremony and decided lets do that


thelastattemptsname

You can feel the adrenaline rush she has only when she speaks. Nice tribute to her idol. And a never ending message on the camera


PrincessCuculina

what a meteoric rise and she's so composed, wonder if she can go further


Zloggt

That flushed face... Looks like the victory is starting to dwell on her!


Sperrow8

I thought that was in, but it is what it is. Congrats to Krejcikova. Bummer for Pavlyuchenkova. Probably her final chance.


marc__678

If it was in, Pav would have reacted and challenged it.


Big_booty_ho

Lol. This girl has to be in shock


GratefuLSD25

she is


Big_Accident577

More emotional than the ending.


froomedog

Such a natural public speaker, with so many words of thanks to give


nothataylor

She’s turned so pink it’s a different shade from the rest of her lol. She’s in shock


iwouldntlastonthelam

You gonna make me cry Barbora


Cichidy

The tribute is really nice


thelastattemptsname

Definitely not anyone's first guess if we were told a Czech would win the women's title. I would have guessed Kvitova first.


philphan25

I replayed it a few times. That looked like it hit the line.


marc__678

So you think Pav just said, "Meh, it was in, but whatever." ?


pythconda

lmao, I think she is too shocked to comprehend what is going on


Big_booty_ho

Roland Garros banned the use of Hawkeye after the last match. Lol. They don’t want any more controversy than they’ve already had


gkmaster21

She held her nerves! Congrats to Krejcikova. What a season she is having. That is tough for Pavs but hopefully she will keep playing her A-game from now on


iwouldntlastonthelam

There's nothing wrong with a subdued reaction, sometimes it takes a while for the realisation you won to sink in


queenofhades

Barbora was the best player this tournament. She deserves this!


hippie_power

When she won, she seemed about as happy as when someone told her she got a free soda with her lunch.


gkmaster21

Many czech players are like that. They don't show emotions. But you can bet she is incredibly happy and proud of herself.


thelastattemptsname

Kvitova has great emotions. Pliskova not so much except for the one time she smashed the wooden platform under the umpires chair


gkmaster21

yep Strycova also has great emotions. Not all of them are like that but it's a common trait of czech players.


Beetle-Persona

As long as it’s Cream Soda


froomedog

Barbora has a promising career as a wedding MC if this tennis thing doesn’t work out


Darius0995

I wish this mattered more than it actually does. Another Ostapenko incident here sadly.


acqualingua

I think Krejcikova has a far more complete game than Ostapenko...


PrincessCuculina

You got any lottery numbers or something to go with that?


Beetle-Persona

Watch.. the emotion will hit now


AKhoj

IMO close shots on the baseline always look in from the tv angle, was prob out


gkmaster21

Nouni is an experienced umpire. She saw it was not even close from his chair. Barbs also realized instantly it was out when she looked at the mark. Yep.


marc__678

Pav didn't challenge it, so it was out.


AKhoj

Also a great point haha. She clearly double checked and understood the decision. Great job to both players


froomedog

Funnily enough, that’s another Slam where Coco Gauff is defeated by the eventual champion. I think this is like the 3rd/4th time this has happened? Wimbledon 2019, Australian Open 2020, French 2021


Big_booty_ho

This is good for her! It means she’s not choking and will eventually get there


Big_booty_ho

Krej right now: “It’s not giving what it’s supposed to gave.”


Champion4646

Ball was in, no doubt about it.


Plenty_Conflict_2379

that ball looked close though I can't believe they didn't even check it, especially on such a crucial point lmao


Jeffmister

Wonder whether Barbora will be able to do the singles/doubles double tomorrow?


patricklhe

What’s Krej’s new ranking after winning RG?


gkmaster21

15th. She is also #2 in the race 100 points behind Barty. If Osaka and Barty don't come back soon she can be No. 1 at the end of the year. Sabalenka and Swiatek are probably her biggest opposition.


Slambodog

15, ahead of Muchova, behold Kvitova and Pliskova


Tigerkem

Yeah I would have protested that out call. Overall despite this not being the outcome I wanted, this was a huge achievement for both ladies.


MajinArekkusu

I also legit thought it was in.


Confident-Chair5821

Me too .


thelastattemptsname

Now she has to go for it in the doubles and get the No.1 doubles ranking . Hopefully Iga and BMS give a good flight.


SilentCaveat

You've just won a major girl, give us something more haha


scratbear

I love her muted celebrations.


vartholomew-jo

Kudos to both, hope pavly will continue with the same level. Krej deserves the title more than anyone, she played the best tennis


MrTiddler

She is so damn calm lmao, ice in the veins


whoismrsn

I’m honestly confused by that last point. Congrats tho


ParfaitPleasant

That ending sucked bigtime.


everythings_alright

Gratz Krejcikova!!


JEEEEAAAAN

Barbs following the Medvedev school of celebration here


Ashru987

She didn’t shrug though


ExoticSignature

Can't put into words how desperate I am to see Medvedev's GS victory celebration eventually


Ashru987

I know this meme machine will have the most casual reaction. His ATP finals win was hilarious. The shrug and smirk like he just won a 250. The stroll to the bench and immediately begins texting on his phone. Replicating that if he wins a grand slam will be something else.


philphan25

Hawkeye says?