Barbora Krejcikova Joins Venus and Serena Williams in Elite Grand Slam List After French Open 2021 Glory

Published 06/13/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova waves to the crowd after winning her quarter final match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Less than 24 hours before her breakthrough French Open 2021 triumph in singles, Barbora Krejcikova is also a doubles champion in Paris. Along with her partner, Katerina Siniakova, she beat the pairing of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek. And now Krejcikova finds herself in an elite list with the likes of Venus and Serena Williams.

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Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with the trophy after winning French Open 2021 doubles. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Krejcikova and Siniakova, beat Mattek Sands and Swiatek in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Krejcikova and Siniakova were the second seeds, whereas Mattek Sands and Swiatek were the 14th seed and had also beaten the top seed pairing of Elise Mertens and Hsieh Su-Wei.

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With the doubles title, Krejcikova won her seventh Grand Slam title. She is now a three times doubles Grand Slam champion along and a three-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion. Along with her first singles Grand Slam she won yesterday she is now only the fourth active player to have Grand Slams in all three categories.

Records broken by Barbora Krejcikova at French Open 2021

Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Samantha Stosur are the other active players to have Grand Slams in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. However, Krejcikova has achieved something grander than the above three. She has now won the singles Grand Slam, doubles Grand Slam, and mixed doubles Grand Slam in the same year. Earlier, Krejcikova had won the Australian Open 2021 mixed doubles title.

Moreover, Krejcikova is the first woman since 2000 to complete a double at Roland Garros. The last woman to do it was Mary Pierce. In the Open-Era only seven women have achieved this feat, and Krejcikova joins the company of elites such as Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova.

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Krejcikova and Siniakova started off very well in the match. In less than 15 minutes they earned two breaks to take a lead of 4-0 in the opening set. Krejcikova and Siniakova were, however, broken by Swiatek and Mattek Sands while serving for the set. But, they would complete the set the second time, 6-4.

Swiatek and Mattek Sands looked better in the second set. Although they were broken early, they broke back in the next game to level the set, 2-2. But from there Krejcikova and Siniakova took charge and raced in the set. In the next 20 points, they would win 16 of them to seal the second set, 6-2, and take the title in 1 hour and 14 minutes.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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