Barbora Krejcikova French Open 2021

Krejcikova battles through marathon to reach Roland Garros final

Krejcikova reached her maiden Grand Slam singles final by defeating Greek challenger Sakkari in a tense Roland Garros semi-final.

Having previously gone no further than the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles draw, Barbora Krejciokova booked her place in the 2021 French Open final with a 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 victory over Maria Sakkari that took over three hours on-court.

The Czech went 3-1 down early in the first set before clinching four consecutive games to go 5-3 up and serve for the set. But Sakkari broke back immediately, the two then holding serve before Krejcikova broke for the opening set.

Sakkari then claimed an early break for 2-1 on her serve in the decider. The Greek offered up few opportunities for Krejcikova to break back, saving the only break point chance she surrendered.

Krejcikova faced down a match point at 30-40 3-5 on her serve, but saved it with a gutsy backhand drive volley. The Czech went on to hold, forcing Sakkari to serve out the match, which she failed to do.

Krejcikova had three match points on the Sakkari serve at 6-7, but was unable to convert at that point.

She finally clinched it by breaking Sakkari at 7-8, on her fifth match point and a final set that last over 80 minutes.