Krejcikova received the winner’s trophy from Martina Navratilova, 18 times winner of the Grand Slam singles tournament, who defected from the former Czechoslovakia in 1975, 20 years before Krejcikova was born in a country that was then very different.
She is best known in recent years for her doubles prowess and will try to win this championship on Sunday with her partner, Katerina Siniakova.
25-year-old Krejcikova, who was ranked outside the top 100 just last September, has one of the most versatile styles of play on the women’s circuit.
She plays with a number of rounds and rounds and possesses a dangerous moonball backhand that bounces high and can pin her opponents deep into the court. Power isn’t her thing, which makes her unusual in a sport obsessed with hitting hard. But what it lacks in power, it makes up for in creativity.
In Pavlyuchenkova, 29, she faced a former teenage prodigy who had never made it past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. Despite this frustration, Pavlyuchenkova has shown remarkable durability, playing in every Grand Slam between the 2008 French Open until the 2020 US Open.