Time: 1400, 12/06/2021
Venue: Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros
Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will both be appearing in their first grand slam final at this year’s French Open.
Each player has had to come through some epic battles to get this far and another close contest is on the cards, with the pair ranked 32 and 33 in the WTA ratings.
Our opening Krejcikova vs Pavlyuchenkova prediction is 7/5 for the Roland Garros decider to last three sets.
A Look At Barbora Krejcikova’s Betting Odds
Krejcikova saved a match point and was then robbed of a quicker triumph by a dubious line call before finally seeing off Maria Sakkari 7-5 4-6 9-7 in the semis.
Following an absolute thriller which lasted three hours and 18 minutes, the Czech ace was magnanimous in victory.
“I always wanted to play a match like this,” she said. “Such a challenging match where we both had our chances.
“We’ve both been playing so well. Even if I lost, I would have been very proud of myself because I was fighting and I think that’s the most important thing.”
The 25-year-old had only made it to the last 16 at one previous slam, which was here in 2020.
Being the less emotional, more solid player paid off against Sakkari but Krejcikova’s safety-first approach on big points leaves a question mark over her temperament in such a pivotal match as this.
Looking at the 15/4 for a 2-1 scoreline.
A Look At Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s Betting Odds
Pavlyuchenkova came through tough three-set matches with third seed Aryna Sabalenka and number 15 Victoria Azarenka, notably finishing both contests strongly.
After another tense 6-7 6-2 9-7 triumph over Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals, the Russian’s 7-5 6-3 semi success versus Tamara Zidansek was almost routine.
Having once been the world junior number one aged just 14, the 29-year-old set a new record by reaching her first grand slam final in her 52nd tournament.
“It’s been a long road,” she commented. “I had my own long, special road but I’m just happy I’m in the final. Trying to enjoy it. Trying to do better.
“I think about it all the time. I’ve been thinking about it since I was a little kid, since I started playing tennis. That’s what you play for. It’s been there in my head forever.
“I just said to myself ‘You know what, this year, let’s do whatever it takes, anything you can do to improve your game, your mentality’.
“Started working with a sports psychologist, everything. I just I wanted to give it a try, so I have no regrets.”
Such positive thinking may prove decisive in the decider and 6/1 for the Russian to win the first set 6-4 completes our Krejcikova vs Pavlyuchenkova betting tips.
KREJCIKOVA bt Sakkari 7-5 4-6 9-7
PAVLYUCHENKOVA bt Zidansek 7-5 6-3
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