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Sport Who said what at the French Open - day 12

11:20  11 june  2021
11:20  11 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Who said what on day 12 at the French Open:

a baseball player holding a racket on a court: Finally! Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova celebrates after making her first Grand Slam championship match © Christophe ARCHAMBAULT Finally! Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova celebrates after making her first Grand Slam championship match

"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."

a man holding a racket on a court: Marathon win for Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova © MARTIN BUREAU Marathon win for Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova

-- Pavlyuchenkova on what it may feel like to lift the trophy on Saturday.

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"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.

a person holding a racket on a court: Mixed emotions: Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury celebrate after winning the mixed doubles final © MARTIN BUREAU Mixed emotions: Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury celebrate after winning the mixed doubles 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.

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