A wrong line call almost cost Barbora Krejcikova a place in a Grand Slam final, but the Czech luckily managed to convert her fifth match point and advance to the 2021 French Open title match where she’ll face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
The unseeded Krejcikova saved one match point, almost fell victim to chair umpire’s wrong decision and battled for three hours and 18 minutes to overcome Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5 4-6 9-7.
The 17th-seeded Sakkari had a match point at 5-3 in the decider, but Krejcikova won three games in a row and put her opponent in a disadvantageous position of constantly being a few points away from defeat. Sakkari handled the pressure very well and continued to catch up with Krejcikova.
After saving three match points to level to 7-7, Sakkari double-faulted and handed Krejcikova the fourth opportunity to take the match. That’s when Sakkari sent a ball long, which the chair umpire ruled as in, and the Greek got herself out of yet another difficult situation. Luckily, Krejcikova didn’t know that the hawk-eye saw that the ball was out and it should’ve been her victory. Justice was served soon afterwards, as the Czech converted her fifth match point. Imagine what would’ve happened had Sakkari won the match and Krejcikova learned that she should’ve won on her fourth match point!
Competing at a Grand Slam for the 52nd time, seed No.31 Pavlyuchenkova beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5 6-3 and became the first woman to participate in more than 50 majors before reaching her first final.
After an early 2-0 deficit, Pavlyuchenkova established a 5-3 lead in the first set. Just as it seemed like Zidansek gained momentum, Pavlyuchenkova won four games in a row from 5-5 in the opener. Even though Zidansek did break back twice in the second set, Pavlyuchenkova kept herself ahead and clinched her place in Saturday’s final.