“Never Imagined”- Krejcikova Becomes the First Woman After Serena Williams to Achieve a Prestigious Record at French Open 2021

Published 06/12/2021, 4:53 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 10, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates winning her semi final match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


The French Open finals for the women’s singles and doubles class are round the corner. Barbora Krejcikova will take part in both finals after a stellar singles semifinal victory against Maria Sakkari.

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In the doubles semifinal, Barbora and her partner Katerina Siniakova comfortably defeated the pair of Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera and will now face Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the title clash.

Barbora Krejcikova opens up about her road to being a tennis player

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After the match against Maria Sakkari, Krejcikova sat down to chat with the press, analyze the match, and answer questions. Barbora couldn’t hide her glee after having stamped her place in the final of the French Open.

It was certainly a dream come true for her as the match on Saturday will be her first singles Grand Slam final in her career. For instance, before this year, Barbora’s best singles result in a Major had been the fourth round of the French Open 2020.

Riding high on the historic victory, Barbora revealed her journey of turning a professional in tennis and how much of a dream it is for her to be in the French Open finals. She started by saying that coming from a small city, she was never trained by a pro coach in her younger days, as there were none in her city.

“I was never really thinking that I’m actually gonna play pro. I was always just having fun, just went to court and really liked playing and I was practicing. I just liked it and I was never forced to actually go on and practice and like you know this is gonna be your career.”

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Krejcikova then revealed that after participating in some ITF tournaments, she thought about tennis more and thought she could have a career. Reminiscing about her journey, she also spoke about her astonishment at reaching the finals.

“I never imagined that I was going to actually be a Grand Slam finalist…it sounds incredible but it just sounds…I cannot believe it…it’s actually happening.” 

Repeating history

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It will be a special night when Barbora Krejcikova walks onto the court to play both the finals. She is going to repeat many records which were created by some legends of the game. She will be the first finalist in singles and doubles since Safarova in 2015. If she can go all the way and win both titles, she will emulate what Mary Pierce did in 2000.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021. Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates after winning her fourth round match against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Krejcikova will also be a double finalist since Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2016. Above all, the Czech international is having one of the best tournaments of her life. Over the course of the past two weeks, Barbora’s career has risen to a whole another level.

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