Sport Who said what at the French Open - day 12
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Who said what on day 12 at the French Open:
"14-year-old me would tell me, like, What took you so long?"
-- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on reaching her first Grand Slam final at the 52nd attempt.
"I think about it all the time. Like been thinking about it since I was a junior, since I was a little kid, since I started playing tennis. That's what you playing for. That's what you want. It's been there in my head forever."
-- Pavlyuchenkova on what it may feel like to lift the trophy on Saturday.
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Men's top seed Novak Djokovic looks to beat out defending champion Rafael Nadal, while women's top seed Ash Barty will try to fend off Naomi Osaka and Aryana Sabalenka. The 2021 French Open is set to begin this weekend, with Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek looking to defend their respective titles. Nadal won his fourth straight French Open championship and 13th overall last year, while Swiatek won her first career Grand Slam.The top men's seed is Novak Djokovic, followed by Daniil Medvedev and Nadal. On the women's side, Ash Barty enters as the No. 1 seed, with Naomi Osaka as the No.
"That is an absolutely brutal error from the umpire."
-- Andy Murray on Twitter after a shot from Maria Sakkari was called in rather than out when the Greek player was match point down in her semi-final against Barbora Krejcikova. The Czech player, however, recovered her composure to reach the final.
"I always wanted to play a match like this, a challenging match where we're both playing so well. Even if I lost today, I'm very proud of myself. Fighting, in life, it's the most important thing."
-- Krejcikova after her epic 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 win.
"He ditched me."
-- Desirae Krawczyk with a light-hearted take on mixed doubles winning partner Joe Salisbury's plans for Wimbledon.
"A couple months ago I said that I was probably going to play with a Brit for Wimbledon. I thought it would be good to have an all-British partnership for Wimbledon. So, yeah, unfortunately I ditched her for that. But I'm sure we'll team back up again after."
-- Salisbury explaining the split.
"For now the favourite, maybe all of us."
-- French junior Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard after four home players reached the semi-finals of the boys semi-finals in Paris.
50 Parting Thoughts From the 2021 French Open .
Wrapping up the 2021 French Open, where Barbora Krejcikova won her first major title and Novak Djokivic won his 19th Grand Slam. A major that started inauspiciously—with a global cause celebre—ended on a quiet, dignified note, albeit without Rafael Nadal winning and without a seeded woman taking the title. Cleaning out the notebook from the 2021 French Open with 50 assorted thoughts. First, my publisher would clobber me like Novak Djokovic would clobber a return, if I didn’t plug this, so kindly note I have a book about the Summer of 1984.