Updates: 09.06.2021 17:21
Paris – Barbora Krejčíková will start the semifinals of the clay Roland Garros at the end of Thursday’s program at the center court. The Czech tennis player will compete with Maria Sakkari from Greece to advance to the finals. In front of them, the mixed doubles final will take place on the Philipp Chatrier’s court from 12:00 and the women’s semifinal between Tamara Zidanšeková from Slovenia and Russian Anastasia Pavljučenková will start at 15:00.
Twenty-five-year-old Krejčíková beat Sakkari of the same age this year on a hard surface in Dubai. She also succeeded seven years ago in the ITF tournament in the final on clay in Toruń.
“She’s an annoying player. It’s probably not good to say what I think she can pay for, because someone can translate it, which I don’t like,” Krejčíková did not want to reveal the cards. “But I’m looking forward to it, it’s definitely going to be a great match. It’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be fun.”
She is sitting opposite her in the locker room with Sakkari, the quarterfinal conqueror of the trophy defender Iga Šwiateková from Poland. “We congratulated each other during the tournament. I like her, she’s fine, but when we get to the court, we won’t get anything for free,” said Krejčíková.
Sakkar, who has been furthest in the grand slam twice so far in the round of 16, said she did not play the best against Krejcikova in Dubai. “There were different conditions, fast courts and balls and I made a lot of mistakes. She played very well, she has to let it go again,” said the Greek tennis player. He trusts his coaches in Paris. “That I will come up with a good tactic again. So far I have managed to fulfill their plans very well. I also believe in their strategy. Of course it will be a difficult match,” Sakkari said.
Kurt Philippa Chatriera: 12:00 Vesninová, Karacev (RUS) – Krawczyková, Salisbury (USA / Brit.), 15:00 Pavljučenkovová (31-Rus.) – Zidanšeková (Slovenia), Krejčíková (CZE) – Sakkari (17-Greek).
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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