Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia celebrates her victory in the semi-finals in the women’s singles against Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia. – GETTY IMAGES
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated number 85 in the world rankings Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia 7: 5, 6: 3 and reached her first Grand Slam final in a 52nd record attempt at the French Open on Thursday.
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The 29-year-old Russian will face the unseeded Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic for the title on Saturday, 14 years after her Grand Slam debut.
Pavlyuchenkova, quarter-finalist in Paris ten years ago, was the first Woman who played 50+ majors before reaching her first final.
« It was difficult. I tried to fight very hard and work tactically. It’s important to be focused and in the right zone for that Final stay on Saturday. «
The 31st dropped serve in the opening game on a sun-drenched court Philippe Chatrier used a fourth breakpoint against Zidansek to make it 2-2.
Pavlyuchenkova, a former junior number one -World ranking list and finalist in the women’s singles of Roland Garros in 2006, shot 5: 3 in the lead when Zidansek splashed a forehand far.
But the Slovenian fell back immediately, was rewarded for her perseverance and tireless defense – she shot notice one A great backhand volley, threw her bat on the ball and watched in amazement as it hit the line.
Zidansek then carved two breakpoints 5: 5, but Pavlyuchenkova managed to hold, and the Russian hit the next Game to close the first set when her opponent made a costly double fault.
Pavlyuchenkova carried that momentum into the second set and broke 2-0 in a long second game. Zidansek responded to resume serve, but was broken again when the Russian took a 4-1 lead.
Zidansek, who had two points before losing the first round, continued to fight hard, and Pavlyuchenkova’s nerves reappeared when the Slovenian fought back to 4-3 with two double mistakes.
But Pavlyuchenkova could not be denied as she had to serve after another break and victory was assured as Zidansek shot past the gate.
French Open 2021: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeats Tamara Zidansek in the final