Barbora Krejcikova, who will play in two French Open finals, says: ‘I’m simply going to have fun.’
Barbora Krejcikova is enjoying the fun of her life at the French Open, and she may be able to take home two trophies.
Krejcikova returned to the court on Friday with doubles partner Katerina Siniakova, and a 6-1 6-2 victory over Magda Linette and Bernard Pera advanced her to yet another final.
The 25-year-old is the first female to reach both finals in the same year since fellow Czech Lucie Safarova in 2015, and she might become the first girl to win both championships since Mary Pierce 21 years ago.
The triumph of Krejcikova and Siniakova in doubles is unsurprising – the 25-year-old has already won both the junior and senior crowns at Roland Garros – but singles is a different story.
Krejcikova was rated outside the top 100 when she arrived in Paris for the French Open last autumn, and a run to the fourth round was the catalyst for a singles breakthrough that she believes has been a long time coming.
This is only her sixth time in the main draw of a slam in singles, and she will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her first final.
“It just took me some time,” Krejcikova explained, “but I believe this is the ideal time.” I think I’m just there, especially mentally. I’d grown up a lot. I simply appreciate things a lot more now, especially after everything I’ve been through, with the epidemic and everything.
“Anastasia is a fantastic player with a lot of experience. She’s in the final, so she must be on top of her game.
“I just believe it’ll be a lot of fun,” she says. I’m just going to have a great time since I never expected to get this far in this tournament. I’m just going to have a good time and fight till the very end.”
Regardless of who wins, the French Open will have its sixth first-time slam champion in a row, and if it is Pavlyuchenkova, 29, it will be a victory. (This is a brief piece.)