Barbora Krejcikova‘s fairytale at Roland Garros continues in full swing. The Czech player, number 33 in the world, overcame Cori Gauff with a score of 7-6(6) 6-3 in an hour and 50 minutes of play, securing access to her first Slam semi-final of her career.
Barbora Krejcikova, 2021 Roland Garros Semifinalist.
After squeezing out the first set, Krejcikova sees 5MPs come and go before stepping to the line and serving out the win at love, 76(6) 63.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 9, 2021
After a hard-fought first set, in which the US player took a 3-0 lead but was then caught and failed to capitalize on five set points, the Brno player took the lead in the second set. Krejcikova, in spite of some insecurity, when she had to close the match, was able to close the file by stopping the comeback attempt of the young star and stripes player.
Barbora Krejcikova after match
Barbora Krejcikova commented on reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros.
“I’m very grateful to the audience for the amazing energy. I look forward to seeing you at the next match.”aBarbora Krejcikova
“I haven’t quite realized yet that this is the first time I’ve made it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. I didn’t have a very good start to the Grand Slam season but I started to enjoy my tennis in Strasbourg and won the title. And now I got to the semifinals.
To be honest I never thought I would play singles on this court. Never even dreamed about it.
The first set was really important. I had to keep catching up, but I kept pushing through and playing and enjoying my tennis. And I broke through. Then I got off to a great start in the second set, but Corey was struggling. Still, I continued to enjoy myself on the court.
Cory is an incredible tennis player. I’ve played in ITF tournaments at 17 years old and she’s playing at this level.”
The Czech, at her tenth consecutive victory, also considering the title won in Strasbourg, has so far lost only one set on her way to Paris. In the semifinals Krejcikova will face Maria Sakkari who defeat Iga Swiatek, defending champion.