Czech unranked tennis player Barbora Krejcikova won her first Grand Slam title on Saturday after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets in the French internationals final women.
Krejcikova, 25, called the atmosphere at Roland Garros in Paris “incredible” after beating all odds in her fifth major singles tournament, beating Pavlyuchenkova, 31st, 6-1, 2-6, 6- 4.
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“I can’t believe it,” she said aloud several times after the end.
Krejcikova quickly took control of the game after winning the first set with ease, but her focus was shattered in the second, trailing 1-5 before Pavlyuchenkova had to be seen by a doctor and ultimately claim the set.
In the last set, the two went back and forth, before Krejcikova could serve for the game at 5-3. Pavlyuchenkova fought three match points before losing the last set on a long backhand.
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“I just want to thank everyone for coming out today and cheering us on. The atmosphere was amazing. I was really happy to have been able to take advantage of it. I’m really happy, ”Krejcikova said after the match. “It’s hard to put the words together. I can’t believe I won a Grand Slam. “
She also spoke about her former coach Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in 2017.
“Basically his last words were just having fun and trying to win a Grand Slam. I know she’s looking at me somewhere. She was such an inspiration to me. I really miss her and hope she is happy right now. “
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Krejcikova’s time at Roland Garros is not yet over. On Sunday, she will try to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the Roland Garros titles in singles and doubles the same year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.