In one of the most unexpected women’s singles final, the 32nd-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face the world number 33 Barbora Krejcikova for their maiden French Open title with the match to be played on Saturday, June 12. Get the live streaming options of this Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Barbora Krejcikova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
Looking to watch 2021 French Open live streaming online?
- For tennis fans in the UK, Europe, Australia & elsewhere go to bet365 > Tennis > Live Streaming here* to watch & bet on the ATP & WTA tennis live.
- Get all the other French Open 2021 live streaming options here
*Advertisement. Geo-restrictions apply & pre-funded account needed
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Barbora Krejcikova Head to Head
Pavlyuchenkova and Krejcikova have never faced off in a competitive match before this encounter.
Pavlyuchenkova Tames Tamara to Make Maiden Final
Starting out as a favourite in her semifinal against Tamara Zidansek, Pavlyuchenkova came through in straight sets against the unseeded Slovenian. Not before she faced a few stiff moments though.
The Russian, who became the first from her country since 2015 to make a Grand Slam final, won 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes against a fellow first-time Grand Slam semifinalist.
In a match which had a total of 10 breaks of serves, it was Pavlyuchenkova who held her nerve better on bigger points.
The first set saw Zidansek get an early break, but Pavlyuchenkova broke back twice to take a 5-3 lead and serve for the set. Zidansek came back to stall her opponent with a break in the ninth game but couldn’t prevent the Russian from pouching the set when she lost her serve soon after.
A spate of three breaks early in the second set allowed Pavlyuchenkova a 3-1 lead and while she dropped her serve yet again, the Russian broke right after to take a 5-3 lead. This time around unlike the opening set, Pavlyuchenkova didn’t miss out on serving it out and completed the victory.
Pavlyuchenkova, a semifinalist in Madrid last month and having gotten past Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Elena Rybakina in her previous matches, will now be gunning for her first Grand Slam title at the age of 29.
Krejcikova Registers Fighting, Comeback Win
It took Krejcikova three hours and 19 minutes but more importantly she needed to come back from facing a third set match-point to register a hard-fought win that helped her through to her maiden Grand Slam final.
Coming into this competition on the back of a title win at the Strasbourg Open, Krejcikova’s only set loss had come in the first of the competition – against Kristyna Pliskova. Since then she had won them all, which had included straight-set wins over Ekaterina Alexandrova, Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens and Cori Gauff.
Which is why, despite starting out as a second favourite against Maria Sakkari in her semifinal, when Krejcikova clinched the opening set of the encounter it wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.
It was a poor serving game from both players though as seven breaks of serves took place before Krejcikova managed to claim it. Sakkari came fighting back to take a 4-0 lead and while she did drop her serve once after that the Greek number one managed to close it tout to level the match.
In the decider, it was Sakkari who got the early and for some time, the only break that took them to 3-5 on Krejcikova’s serve. The Czech faced a match-point on her own serve which she saved but it was when she broke Sakkari back as she served for the match that things got spicier.
At 6-7, Sakkari managed to save three match-points and then one more at 7-8 but Krejcikova managed to eke out a fifth match-point which she won to squeak into the final.
This made it an 11-match winning streak for the Czech and 13-3 on clay overall this season; can the two-time Grand Slam doubles champion now add a singles title to her list?
Pavlyuchenkova v Krejcikova Prediction and Tip
There isn’t much to choose between these two. Both are in form, both came into the tournament with some solid performances and both have done well in this tournament itself to come through to the final.
We expect this to be a hard-fought match that goes the distance. If you are looking for a winner, we will backing Krejcikova to win this.