After an intense third set, undecided, the Czech composted her ticket for the Roland-Garros final.
The explanation was long disjointed before a breathtaking final between the Czech Barbora Krejcikova (33e global; 25 years old) and the Greek Maria Sakkari (18e global; 25 years) in a 3e set always very delicate to negotiate for two players who lived their first major semi-final.
Vagueness, nervousness or flashes of light, the Greek and the Czech have, in this decisive round, gone through all the emotions and tried not to be overwhelmed by the event. Internal struggle (Krejcikova) or expressed with rage (Sakkari), the 3e set has gradually seen the level of play rise. Sakkari had managed the break to lead 2-1, before remaining under the threat of the Czech who was penalized by unforced errors (58). Sakkari had a match point at 5-3, before seeing the Czech pounce on her, then grab the reins to lead 6-5.
Sakkari then dismissed three match points at 7-6. At 8-7, Krejcikova thought she was done, but the forehand she had imagined too deep was corrected by the referee. Hands raised too quickly, she saw her 4 fading awaye match point…
Before winning 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 after 3:18 on his 5e match point a few minutes later. And experience a new final, just after his first title lifted in Strasbourg on May 29 …
Hot, she summed up: “I’ve always wanted to play a game like this. A match in which both had their chance. Even if I had lost, I would have been very proud. The important thing is to fight. Here and in life.“
End of the adventure for Maria Sakkari who had notably eliminated the Belgian Elise Mertens (n ° 14) in 3e round and the American Sofia Kenin (n ° 4) in the round of 16. Before defeating the Polish Iga Swiatek (n ° 8), defending champion who remained on 11 matches won consecutively at Roland Garros without losing a set.
Barbora Krejcikova is living a dream tournament. The Czech notably eliminated the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (seeded No. 5), then the Americans Sloane Stephens (in the round of 16) and Corie Gauff (in the quarter-finals). She climbed to the final, succeeding her compatriots Lucie Safarova (2015) and Marketa Vondrousova (2019) who had not been able to climb the last step. She will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a player she has never met.
Before that, this Friday, she will play in the semi-final of the women’s doubles with her compatriot Katerina Siniakova against the pair composed of the Polish Magda Linette and the American Bernarda Pera.