• Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31] v Barbora Krejcikova
  • First meeting
PARIS, FRANCE – For the sixth time in a row, a new Slam champion’s name will be on the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen – but will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Barbora Krejcikova?

 

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31] v Barbora Krejcikova

There will be no-one who could have foreseen this year’s line-up for the Roland Garros women’s singles title – but each has a compelling story.

For Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, she has been in more that 50 majors before reaching her first Slam final and for Barbora Krejcikova, it has been a rise of 100 places since focussing on singles after a very strong doubles basis to her game and lifted her maiden WTA title in Strasbourg.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [31] v Barbora Krejcikova First Meeting
Roland Garros Paris, France
Clay (O) Prize Money: €1,400,000

 

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The winner of Saturday’s final will become the 55th Grand Slam champion of the Open Era. The past 15 majors have crowned nine maiden champions.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

H2H: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WR 33) Barbora Krejcikova (WR 33)
Tournament Previous Best QF (2011) R4 (2020)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 39.3 40.6
Return Points Won % 47.3 45.9
Break Point Conversion % 53.3 50.3
Break Points Saved % 54.7 64.1
Total Points Won % 50.9 52.1

The pair are quite evenly matched with Pavlyuchenkova edging the Czech on return and converting break points but the younger player the more capable in terms of saving them.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

It will be a match-up of power and guile, and of nerves. Pavlyuchenkova has all the experience in the world out on tour, while Krejcikova has the boldness of one who is just playing in the newer playground of singles and enjoying it.

Krejcikova’s win over Maria Sakkari was a test of nerves, with the momentum switching from side to side. The Czech seems to have the ability to stay completely unruffled in both the quarter-final and semi-final.

On the other side of the net will be another big hitter of the ball, looking to play first-strike tennis, so if the Czech goes down to a fast start by Pavlyuchenkova, expect her to work things out calmly and efficiently.

The Russian is looking to snap a run of over six years since a Russian was in a Slam final, which was Maria Sharapova losing to Serena Williams at the 2015 Australian Open.

While neither player has been this far in a Slam in their lives, Pavlyuchenkova has more finals experience, and although the spirit of the much-loved Jana Novotna, who had helped Krejcikova in her early career, has been a constant source of inspiration for her, the Russian seems poised for victory.

Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

 

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