Unseeded Barbora Krejcikov wins French Open

Barbora Krejcikova has won the French Open.

The unseeded Czech player defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the final. It’s her first Grand Slam title.

The 25-year-old Krejcikova was making just her fifth main draw appearance at a Grand Slam.

She was outside the top 100 a year ago and saved a match point in her three-hour semifinal in Paris.

Krejcikova became the first Czech woman to win Roland Garros since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.

She’s also bidding to become the first woman to win both in doubles and singles at the French Open since Mary Pierce in 2000. She and Katerina Siniakova have advanced to Sunday’s final.

Krejcikova paid tribute to her late coach Jana Novotna after her victory.

During her on-court speech, Krejcikova said Novotna is “looking after me. It’s just amazing that I had the chance to meet her. She was such an inspiration for me.”

Novotna, a former Wimbledon champion, died of cancer in 2017.

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