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Sport Tennis-Krejcikova overcomes wrong call on match point to reach French Open final

00:20  11 june  2021
00:20  11 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova pulled off a titanic victory to reach her first Grand Slam singles final at Roland Garros on Thursday, outlasting No.17 seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in a three-hour and 18-minute epic. Krejcikova , now on an 11- match winning streak, saved a match point at 5-3 in the third set with a flying backhand winner, then needed five match points spanning two games before quelling the challenge from the Greek player and improving to 3-0 in their head-to-head rivalry. Having now won one of the ten longest matches of the season thus far, Krejcikova continued her meteoric

She won the French Open doubles title in 2018 but her best previous result in singles was a run to the fourth round here last year. It will be the sixth successive French Open to crown a first-time women's major champion. "I always wanted to play a match like this, when I was younger, playing juniors, I Both players made a nervy start to their maiden Grand Slam semi- final , with 17th seed Sakkari the first to hold serve in the fourth game as she took a 3-1 lead. But Krejcikova picked up the next four, pulling 5-3 ahead with a sublime lob that left her serving for the set. The Czech was then broken to love as

By Julien Pretot

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PARIS (Reuters) - For a brief moment, Barbora Krejcikova thought she had booked her place in the French Open final and she raised her arms in celebration, but she quickly realised that she had to do it all over again - after a wrong line call went against her.

At 7-8, 30-40 in the decider of her semi-final against Maria Sakkari, the Greek hit a forehand that was called long by the line judge, only for the chair umpire to check the mark and call it in.

With the contest swinging wildly from one player to another, the momentum could have tilted back Sakkari's way.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova reached the semi- finals of the French Open on her fifth appearance in a Grand Slam main draw as she beat a nervy Coco Gauff 7-6(6) 6-3 on Wednesday. The 33rd-ranked Czech saved five set points as she recovered from a slow start and benefited from her 17-year-old opponent's lack of composure to book a meeting with either defending champion Iga Swiatek or Maria Sakkari. It was the 25th-seeded Gauff's first quarter- final at a major and after a promising start, the American appeared to crumble under pressure, making 41 unforced errors as she

TV replays showed that the ball was actually out and Krejcikova, who is bidding to become the first Czech woman to win the title at Roland Garros since Hana Mandlikova in 1981, then saw off a game point before wrapping it up on her next, and fifth, match point for a 7-5 4-6 9-7 victory.

She could easily have lost her composure after the umpire's decision to rule the ball in, but Krejcikova barely protested.

While players at the other three Grand Slams can challenge line calls by using Hawk Eye, with some slams relying on the system to make all line calls, Roland Garros organisers have adamantly refused to introduce the ball-tracking technology at the claycourt major.

Their argument has always been that umpires can easily spot the dent left by the balls to decide close calls. On Thursday, however, that could have cost Krejcikova a place in the final.

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Tennis icon Maria Sharapova has hailed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after the serial pretender put herself on the brink of her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Russian woman in the French Open final since Sharapova in 2014. "It was difficult. I tried to fight very hard and to work on the tactical side. It is important to stay focused and in the right zone for the final on Saturday." Pavlyuchenkova will either face Greece's Maria Sakkari or Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the final on Saturday.

"No Hawk-Eye on clay, it's difficult. I mean, sometimes it's a help, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know. It's very difficult," said world number 33 Krejcikova.

"At that moment I was just like, 'Well, it's out, but what can you do?' The chair umpire, he has seen it as in. What can I do? I cannot do anything about it. I cannot call anyone, change his decision.

"I was like... it's fine. Doesn't matter. Just let's go."

Krejcikova, who will face Russian 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Saturday, six years after fellow Czech Lucie Safarova reached the final, quickly recovered her focus.

"You just have to put everything together and just keep working, next one, next one, next one," she explained.

The 25-year-old was also at a point where she felt simply being on court in such a match was enough and said she would have been proud of herself even if she had lost.

"I always wanted to play matches like this. I always wanted to play tournaments like this, big tournaments, big opponents, last rounds. It was always something that I wanted to achieve. It was just taking so long," she said.

"It just took me some time, but I think right now it's actually the right moment. Especially mentally I think I'm just there. I really matured. I just really appreciate things a lot, especially after what I've gone through, also with this pandemic and everything."

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)

Krejcikova qualifies for its first semi-final of Grand Slam .
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