Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the finals of the French Open 2021, as she defeated the Slovenian, Tamara Zidansek in straight sets in the semifinals. The Russian has reached her first Grandslam final in 50 attempts, and will face the winner of the other semifinal between Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari in the finals.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stated that she never expected to reach the finals of Roland Garros, as she was dealing with a few injuries. “If anyone had told me before Roland Garros that I would play the final, I’d have said : ‘not sure’, I had little injuries. But globally speaking, I’d always knew I could reach my goals in Slams. Now I’m so happy but there’s still a match to win,” the Russian said.
The Russian added that performing well at Grandslams is a dream for any player, and it has been the same way for her since childhood. “Slams is what you play for when you play tennis. It’s been in my had forever,” said Pavlyuchenkova.
It’s been a long road: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took 50 attempts to reach her first Grandslam final, and she accepted the fact that it had been a long road. “It’s been a long road, everybody has different ways. I’m just happy, trying to enjoy and do better,” she said.
The 29-year old revealed that she does not like over-celebrating her achievements, but was extremely happy with her performance at French Open. “I’m not this kind of person to (over)-celebrate. It doesn’t mean anything. I’m extremely happy,” she added.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has defeated the likes of the third seed, Aryna Sabalenka and the two time Grandslam champion, Victoria Azarenka on her way to the finals in Paris. She survived a three set scare against Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals, and has held her nerve at crucial points in the match.