Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates after successful her fourth spherical match in opposition to Sloane Stephens of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
June 8, 2021
PARIS (Reuters) -Large-hitting Czech Barbora Krejcikova powered previous former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-0 in a conflict of unseeded gamers to succeed in the quarter-finals on Monday.
The Thirty third-ranked Krejcikova, who gained the 2018 doubles title at Roland Garros with Katerina Siniakova, has not misplaced since a maiden title-winning run in Strasbourg and dominated the 2017 U.S. Open winner on a sun-bathed Suzanne Lenglen court docket.
Former world quantity three Stephens, who reached the ultimate in Paris in 2018, didn’t have any reply to Krejcikova’s highly effective however easy stroke-making of their first assembly and didn’t assist her trigger by committing 26 unforced errors.
Krejcikova was the third Czech opponent for Stephens in a row and the American was pressured to rush her pictures within the face of unpolluted hitting from her opponent.
“I used to be simply considering I’ve to play my sport, I’ve to be aggressive, as a result of I used to be anticipating she’s going to play like excessive, actually topspin balls,” Krejcikova informed reporters.
“And it was really occurring. After which, you already know, I simply suppose that I used to be enjoying smarter. I used to be really enjoying all these necessary factors rather well, so I feel that was really the important thing.
“I felt a bit bit that I really wasn’t the favorite. I felt that Sloane was the favorite. That’s how I really approached the match.”
The 25-year-old Krejcikova broke the American’s serve twice within the opening set after which wiped her out within the second.
The Czech gained 82% of her first serve factors and saved all three break factors she confronted.
Krejcikova transformed her second match level with a forehand winner, her tenth of the match, and can meet one other American in 17-year-old Coco Gauff, who thrashed Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-3 6-1, for a spot within the semi-finals.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson and Ken Ferris)