Final bound! After an incredible performance, Top Five Management talent Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play her first Grand Slam final on Saturday at the 2021 French Open against Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)!
Pavlyuchenkova made a run to the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros back in 2011 — when she was only a teenager. But she had to wait 52 Grand Slam appearance to play her first Grand Slam final…
Her reaction during the post-match conference meant a lot:
« I definitely didn’t expect this year being in the final. I guess you can’t expect those things. I was just there working hard, doing everything possible. I just said to myself: You know what, this year let’s do whatever it takes, anything you can do to improve your game, your mentality. Started working with a sports psychologist — everything. Just I wanted to give it a try so I have no regrets after. »
Following her breakthrough quarter-final win over doubles partner Elena Rybakina (6-7(2), 6-2, 9-7), the Russian defeated Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3 to finally reach the championship match.