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Roland Garros singles ended far too soon for Barbora Krejcikova

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“I tried to prepare the best way I could. But, yeah I collapsed,” Czech WTA player Barbora Krejcikova frankly said on her opening loss of 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 at Roland Garros to a hometown teen Diane Parry. Grand Slams are a mixture of happiness for being able to participate, meeting comrades and enjoying the environment.

Krejcikova had faced a slightly different scenario as she was recovering from an elbow injury and hadn’t played since February. The idea of being Roland Garros’ defending champion had caused mroe stress on her being at the Paris event.

The ability to perform successfully enough to win the first round and to stay injury-free was a tough compromise. The WTA Czech player is ranked no. 2 in the world and no stranger to winning titles. She came into this Slam a defending champ in not only singles but doubles.

It was her earlier career that included three junior grand slam titles with her long time partner Katerina Siniakova. She also won the mixed doubles title last year at Roland Garros with Rajeev Ram. Paris is a friendly-comforting place to Krejcikova where she also won the women’s doubles title in 2018 and the same year winning at Wimbledon.

This short participation in Paris was a shock for everyone. The Czech put her best tennis forward in the opening set and won 6-1 over France’s teen Diane Parry. The Parisian had massive French support within the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier.

The shouts, claps and bangs could be heard to have parts of the stadium vibrate, but Krejcikova tried not to be rattled by the one-sided support fans gave the teen. The Czech would have to be nervous and showed it by double-faulting on the opening point.

But she shook it off and blended into a stronger element of skills grabbing a 4-0 lead. Barbora only allowed Parry a single game before winning the first set 6-1. After that the Czech’s game fell apart as the French teen corrected all errors done in the opening set and became more aggressive and a hindrance to the more experienced Krejcikova.

“It’s a dream for me. It was always a dream to play on this court, with the French crowd to support me,” Parry beamed with joy and excitement. But it was a nightmare for Barbora who was fighting against many more tangibles than she had nearly did her entire career.

After the match, Krejcikova’s press confeence was filled with emotion and not the right kind. She was in tears and admitted that “I just collapsed physically. It was tough because I didn’t play the matches.

Matches are different to practices.” There is only a certain amount of practicing you can do but what counts is one’s performance on the big stage. This time around wasn’t easy for the world’s no. 2 ranked player.

“It was difficult…I expected it’s going to be…and it was,” she explained sadly. The second and third sets Barbora might not have wanted to remember and she was simply beat at her own game with good strategies and excellent shotmaking.

The Czech started dropping more unforced errors as Parry looked sharp after her opening loss. This was unconventional of the portrait Barbora Krejcikova had portrayed throughout her career especially during the time she elevated her rank from no.

15 as of last year to now being no. 2 in the world. Barbora Krejcikova is still in the doubles with her long time partner Katerina Siniakova. She may have a shift in emotions now that her tennis has more support. They’ve captured titles together and the Parisian crowd may be more caring to see the dynamic duo perform like they have last year and will now at this 2022 French Open.


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