Paris: Unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova stormed into her maiden Grand Slam final on Thursday after beating number 17 Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in the French Open women’s semi-final match.
Barbora saved a match point 5-3 in the third set to win the Titanic battle in three hours and 18 minutes.
Barbora will play for the first time against Grand Slam finalist No. 31 seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Slovenia’s No. 85 Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3 in the first semi-final in an hour and 34 minutes.
On a winning streak of 11 matches, Barbora needed five match points from two matches. He duly subdued the challenge from the Greek player and improved his one-on-one rivalry to 3-0.
Earlier, 29-year-old Anastasia became the first woman to play more than 50 major tournaments before reaching the final, making her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon in 2007 as a 15-year-old wildcard entrant.
Italian Roberta Vinci, who was the 2015 US Open runner-up in her 44th main draw, held the previous record.
This tournament is the 52nd time that Anastasia has made it to the main draw of a Grand Slam event.
Anastasia will face the winner of the second semi-final between Maria Sakkari of Greece and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.
Anastasia is the first Russian woman to reach a Grand Slam final since 2015, when Maria Sharapova reached the title round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Serena Williams of the US.
This victory takes Anastasia to the 21st final of her career. His last entry in the final was in Moscow in 2019. Her first entry in the final was in 2010 in Monterrey, where she defeated Slovak Daniela Hantuchova to win the title.
If Anastasia wins, it will be her first title since winning the 2018 Strasbourg tournament. In all, she has won 12 career titles.
Anastasia has been the ‘junior’ rival of No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 15 Victoria Azarenka and No. 21 Elena Rybakina in her earlier matches. And now she is the remaining ‘senior’ supporter in the competition.
The career-high ranking of Anastasia, achieved in July 2011, is number 13. She has reached the quarterfinals in six majors.
Tamara, on the other hand, is the first player from Slovenia to reach the last four stages of a Grand Slam.