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Roland-Garros: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final where she will meet Maria Sakkari or Barbora Krejcikova |  Tennis News


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova becomes first Russian woman to reach a major singles final since Maria Sharapova at the 2015 Australian Open

Last update: 06/10/21 5:50 p.m.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first Grand Slam final

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first Grand Slam final with a straight set victory over Tamara Zidansek at Roland Garros on Thursday.

The Russian was the world junior No. 1 at just 14 years old and today, 15 years later at 29, she will contest her first Grand Slam title on Parisian clay.

Pavlyuchenkova had fallen six times in the Slam quarter-finals in the past 10 years before beating Elena Rybakina on Tuesday, but she only needed one semi-final attempt, beating Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 7-5 6 -3.

Roland-Garros: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final where she will meet Maria Sakkari or Barbora Krejcikova |  Tennis News

Pavlyuchenkova passed Roberta Vinci, who made 44 Grand Slam attempts before reaching the 2015 US Open final

The 85th-ranked Zidansek was the underdog in an extremely unexpected final four, but the 23-year-old was eventually overpowered by the Russian, who began to make her big shots count as she took a 5- lead. 3.

She was unable to serve the set, Zidansek managed an outrageous backhand gain to help her break, but a double fault from the Slovenian then handed her to her opponent.

Pavlyuchenkova still led in the second set and stayed the course with the prize in sight, taking the win on her first match point when Zidansek pierced a wide backhand.

There wasn’t a big celebration from the 29-year-old, who simply took a deep breath before allowing herself a smirk as she tried to figure out her achievement.

“I am so tired and so happy, it is very moving,” said Pavlyuchenkova on a sunny court Philippe Chatrier.

“It was tough, I tried to fight really hard and work on the tactical side. It’s important to stay focused and in the right zone for Saturday’s final.”

Maria Sharapova, the last Russian to win the women’s singles title at Roland Garros, was quick to tweet her admiration for her compatriot’s victory.

In the final, she will face either the Greek player Maria sakkari or czech Barbora Krejcikova with a guaranteed first Grand Slam champion.

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