French Open 2021: Pavlyuchenkova, Krejcikova Advance to Women's Final

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The women's singles final is set for the 2021 French Open. Having taken out reigning champion Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals, 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari was...
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The women's singles final is set for the 2021 French Open.

Having taken out reigning champion Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals, 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari was in action against Barbora Krejcikova. Tamara Zidansek and No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova met in the other semifinal clash on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Of the four, Pavlyuchenkova was the only one who had reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal before, so this was largely uncharted territory for them.

Here's a look at how Thursday unfolded in Paris.

Women's Singles Results

No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3

Barbora Krejcikova def. No. 17 Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7

Thursday Recap

Pavlyuchenkova was the first to punch her ticket to the final after taking down Zidansek in straight sets.

The 29-year-old didn't get off to a great start, as she dropped serve to Zidansek to open the match. She broke back in the fourth game to tie things at two games apiece and then earned a pivotal break to move ahead 5-3.

Zidansek responded in kind in the next game, but Pavlyuchenkova had the cushion to absorb the setback.

Down 6-5 and serving to stay alive at 15-40, Zidansek double-faulted on set point to put her opponent in the driver's seat.

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