Anastasia has made it to the women’s singles final of the French Open-2021. (Instagram)
Russia’s Anastasia defeated world number 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals. She has reached the title of a Grand Slam for the first time in her record 52nd attempt.
New Delhi. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has made it to the women’s singles final of the French Open. Anastasia defeated world number 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3. She has reached the title of a Grand Slam for the first time in her record 52nd attempt.
The 29-year-old Russian player will fight for the title 14 years after her Grand Slam debut. She will face 17th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece or unseeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic in the final of the French Open on Saturday.
On the court Philippe Chatrier, both players had to struggle with their serve but Anastasia kept the patience on the crucial points and won. Zidansek, who had never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam before, made some brilliant drop shots and forehand winners but also made 33 simple mistakes.
In her 52nd major, @NastiaPav has secured a maiden final and a return to the top 20 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Tamara Zidansek. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/U4Mrz0M2CE— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 10, 2021
Anastasia had managed to reach the quarter-finals in Paris nearly a decade ago. She is also the first player to play more than 50 majors before reaching her first final. He broke the previous record of 44 held by 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci.
After the victory, the Russian player said, ‘I needed it so much that I am not feeling anything right now. Tennis is such a mental game. This time the four women players who made it to the semi-finals have never reached the last-4 of a Grand Slam before.