2021 French Open Women's Final – Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on and what time does it start? Saturday 12th June, 2021 – not before 14:00 (UK)

Where is Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova taking place? Stade Roland Garros, Paris

What surface is Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova being played on? Clay (outdoor)

Where can I get tickets for Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? Click here for the latest ticket information

What channel is Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on? Both ITV and Eurosport will be showing live coverage of the French Open so it is worth checking their schedules

Where can I stream Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? ITV Hub, Eurosport Player & Amazon Prime Video (in France only)

THE LOWDOWN

BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

  • 25-year-old Barbora Krejcikova won her first ever WTA singles title just two weeks ago at the Internationaux de Strasbourg and the Czech has not looked back since with a stunning campaign seeing her into a first major final.
  • World number 33 Krejcikova has also enjoyed great success in the Women’s Doubles alongside fellow Czech Katerina Sinakova and the pair powered through to the final on Friday to give Krejcikova two opportunities at silverware.

ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA

  • World number 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had great Grand Slam pedigree coming into Roland-Garros but the 30-year-old broke past the quarter-finals at a major on the seventh time of asking on Tuesday and beat unseeded Tamara Zidansek to reach the final.
  • The Russian had been threatening to reach the latter stages here after a semi-final loss to Aryna Sabalenka at the Madrid Open last month but she avenged that defeat by beating world number four Sabalenka, one of the favourites for the Slam, in the round of 16.

THE PREDICTION

There are so many things to get excited for about the Roland-Garros Women’s Singles final, not least that Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have never faced each other before and they are next to each other at 32nd, Pavlyuchenkova, and 33rd, Krejcikova, in the WTA world rankings. Nobody could have foreseen the way this Women’s Singles draw could have panned out as seed after seed dropped out of the competition but both players find themselves in a first Grand Slam final and they thoroughly deserve their place. The pair took out three of the pre-tournament favourites in Aryna Sabalenka, beaten by Pavlyuchenkova in the round of 16, Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari, beaten by Krejcikova in the previous two rounds, and both have enjoyed success in the Women’s Doubles too.

This should be an emotional rollercoaster with both players intense baseline battlers and a result looks too close to call. Based on who she has taken out so far, the favourite looks to be just about Krejcikova but Pavlyuchenkova has come so close so many times before that the Russian should be able to find an extra gear here. Take this likely lengthy final to see three sets and leave the 2021 champion up to chance.

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