Match Thread: Barbora Krejcikova vs.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova | 2021 French Open Women's Final
By - rafaknight
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.
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. ❤👍👏👏
But the ball was in
Pavlyuchenkova could have asked for a challenge - she was done
Actually she asked with her racket. Umpire did a shitty job calling it a match already.
It's great to see Barbora all smiles now
Do you guys think Osaka will play Wimby
I don't think so.
I'm enjoying this extended ceremony, but I doubt Pavs is. She probably wants to go somewhere and be alone.
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".
i love her
and when she mentioned the williams sisters i kinda cried a little
Well that was like the most genuine thing ever in a post match interview.
Sort of enjoying the unscripted weirdness of Barbora gushing about getting to meet Justine Henin!
This seem like an after the ceremony kind of interview at this point. Kinda awkward for the crowd and definitely for Pavlyuchenkova.
Let this girl go back to her hotel and rest for doubles finals
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.
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.
A way with not winning the final point. Nothing to be proud of.
I am a Krejcikova fan for life, no doubt. She seems a truly remarkable person - I may be a little in love
and she is still 25!!
I missed whatever was said about Ostapenko. Was it here or at the ceremony? And what was said?
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 “
Every single commentator has a love-hate relationship with Jelena Oatapenko
This is odd because the crowd is just stuck in their own French world
This is certainly an unusual ceremony
A Trainwreck more like it
This ceremony is dementing. Bye. See you all in two weeks at Wimbledon
Holy shit 2 weeks. So so close
don't miss the one tomorrow though!
Oh I will not. But done with ceremonies for now
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!!!!!!!!
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.
This is weird now
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 :/
Haha. I love the shade+praise
Next up, Bublik wins his first Grand Slam lol
Would match this chaos RG so well.
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
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
My thoughts as well. Not sure she will get this chance as well.
I am really digging her tracksuit though
It's like the lady speaking over everybody doesn't realise Pavs is fluent in Francais
Has Pliskova won any slams before, or is Krej *the* first ever Czech lady to win?
Edit: I am a idiot, forgive me
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.
Very funny and self-deprecating.
good sense of humor!
Y’all leave Ostapenko alone.
In a world of Pliskovas, be an Ostapenko
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.
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.
Now on to the doubles final, make the impossible very much possible Bára!
She is so incredibly poised. What a beautiful person
If you are gonna mask up wear it properly. Its annoying to see Bartoli wear it as a chin strap
And Bartoli has been doing the chin strap for a while now. It's annoying. Keep it on or take it off.
Well that figures, Bartoli trained Ostapenko /s
why did the main ref get a trophy?
please anyone ?
I was saying earlier Nouni must have oodles of those serving plates now
lol! dinner party at Nouni’s !!!!!! 😉
they always give one to the umpire in charge of the final
that’s awesome and i really appreciate your reply :)
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
The shade thrown at Ostapenko though lol
The Ostapenko shade has been relentless this whole tournament. Yes she won a Slam and flopped.....but she still won a Slam.
Anyone know what brand shoes Babs is wearing? They’re pretty 🤩
The rest of her gear is Head, but I'll keep looking.
Remarkable to remember that at the start of this year, Krejcikova was thinking about giving up on singles to focus on her doubles career....
Those are some BIG gloves
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
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.
Spoiler alert: I’m old af but still like to fight.
The disrespect WTA gets on there won’t let me rest
I see, then it is worth noting but you from 5-10 years ago probably would have start fighting already. Thats the difference.
Haha. This is true. I would be fighting DURING the match
I avoided Twitter after last night and I'll continue avoiding it today 😅
It must be even sweeter for Barbora to have Martina there giving her the trophy.
That looks like Martina
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Don't forget a fit again Simona Halep.
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.
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.
a eurovision tennis crossover is not one I would have ever expected but this slam has been so weird its fitting lmao
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.
Roland Garros is such a rando GS. I love that for them
I thought her reaction was fine, she still seems to be in disbelief. Seems like a lovely personality off the court.
Could also just be a bit of an introvert. I think Aslan might be too.
Sucks to be the kid carrying the sanitiser bottle when the other kids are carrying trophies.
I'll gladly take his job as senior dispenser of hand sanitizer if he doesn't want it.
It's not over till the lady sings?!
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.
Y’all getting music? NBC isn’t playing anything.
wait what ? where are you ?
i’m nbc and getting all the music ?
Boston. I think they played commercials and skipped the music. Lol
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
thanks for your reply :) preciate it
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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.
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
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
Continue winning tennis matches? Sounds like a solid career move.
Hell no, I’d like to hear the champions talk more.
Nobody's making you watch it
Will they do this tomorrow too? xD
Omg how European is this getting
The song is quite good ngl
french music is good!
yea first time listening to it, I really enjoyed it
They ended up 2nd in the Eurovision contest this year
wow, that's great to hear
This is odd
I could not read it, and I'm learning some Czech. Could anybody read it and provide some translation?
You mean what she wrote on camera? "Czechia, you are the best support."
Hard to say, but I’m think I’m getting this:
“Czechia, you are a big support!”
Also the rooster was wrong 👀
A song lmao?
Hey Roland Garros how about something more upbeat for the celebration of the win
Well this is unusual
is that the eurovision lady? what is happening?
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
The French showing off their 2nd place at Eurovision lol
This is something new
i don't know why i'm crying in the discotheque right now
you're at a discotheque?! cool 😂
Ok the music is new right?
Everyone saw the St. Petersburg ceremony and decided lets do that
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
what a meteoric rise and she's so composed, wonder if she can go further
That flushed face...
Looks like the victory is starting to dwell on her!
I thought that was in, but it is what it is. Congrats to Krejcikova. Bummer for Pavlyuchenkova. Probably her final chance.
If it was in, Pav would have reacted and challenged it.
Lol. This girl has to be in shock
More emotional than the ending.
Such a natural public speaker, with so many words of thanks to give
She’s turned so pink it’s a different shade from the rest of her lol. She’s in shock
You gonna make me cry Barbora
The tribute is really nice
Definitely not anyone's first guess if we were told a Czech would win the women's title. I would have guessed Kvitova first.
I replayed it a few times. That looked like it hit the line.
So you think Pav just said, "Meh, it was in, but whatever." ?
lmao, I think she is too shocked to comprehend what is going on
Roland Garros banned the use of Hawkeye after the last match. Lol.
They don’t want any more controversy than they’ve already had
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
There's nothing wrong with a subdued reaction, sometimes it takes a while for the realisation you won to sink in
Barbora was the best player this tournament. She deserves this!
When she won, she seemed about as happy as when someone told her she got a free soda with her lunch.
Many czech players are like that. They don't show emotions. But you can bet she is incredibly happy and proud of herself.
Kvitova has great emotions. Pliskova not so much except for the one time she smashed the wooden platform under the umpires chair
yep Strycova also has great emotions. Not all of them are like that but it's a common trait of czech players.
As long as it’s Cream Soda
Barbora has a promising career as a wedding MC if this tennis thing doesn’t work out
I wish this mattered more than it actually does. Another Ostapenko incident here sadly.
I think Krejcikova has a far more complete game than Ostapenko...
You got any lottery numbers or something to go with that?
Watch.. the emotion will hit now
IMO close shots on the baseline always look in from the tv angle, was prob out
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.
Pav didn't challenge it, so it was out.
Also a great point haha. She clearly double checked and understood the decision. Great job to both players
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
This is good for her! It means she’s not choking and will eventually get there
Krej right now: “It’s not giving what it’s supposed to gave.”
Ball was in, no doubt about it.
that ball looked close though I can't believe they didn't even check it, especially on such a crucial point lmao
Wonder whether Barbora will be able to do the singles/doubles double tomorrow?
What’s Krej’s new ranking after winning RG?
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.
15, ahead of Muchova, behold Kvitova and Pliskova
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.
I also legit thought it was in.
Me too .
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.
You've just won a major girl, give us something more haha
I love her muted celebrations.
Kudos to both, hope pavly will continue with the same level.
Krej deserves the title more than anyone, she played the best tennis
She is so damn calm lmao, ice in the veins
I’m honestly confused by that last point. Congrats tho
That ending sucked bigtime.
Barbs following the Medvedev school of celebration here
She didn’t shrug though
Can't put into words how desperate I am to see Medvedev's GS victory celebration eventually
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.