French Open champion Barbora Krejčíková

FACTBOX on Barbora Krejčíková, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (6-1, 2-6, 6-4) to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open on Saturday.

Age: 25

Nation: Czech Republic

WTA ranking: 33 (Highest ranking: 33)

Seeding: Unseeded

Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2021)

ROAD TO FINAL

First round: Kristýna Plíšková

(Czech Republic) 5-7 6-4 6-2

Second round: 32-Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) 6-2 6-3

Third round: 5-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-3 6-2

Fourth round: Sloane Stephens (US) 6-2 6-0

Quarterfinals: 24-Coco Gauff (US) 7-6(6) 6-3

Semifinals: 17-Maria Sakkari (Greece) 7-5 4-6 9-7

EARLY LIFE

* Born in Brno, Czech Republic. Started playing tennis aged six and was later coached by 1998 Wimbledon women’s singles champion Jana Novotná.

CAREER TO DATE

* Started her professional career on the ITF circuit in 2010 and was ranked junior world number three in 2013, when she won the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open girls’ doubles titles with compatriot Kateřina Siniaková.

* Made her WTA Tour debut in 2014 and won her first WTA doubles titles with An-Sophie Mestach at the Coupe Banque Nationale in 2015.

* Made her breakthrough in 2016 by qualifying for the women’s doubles semifinals at the French Open with Siniaková. Also reached the US Open quarterfinals with her Czech partner the same year.

* Won the women’s doubles title in 2018 at the French Open and Wimbledon with Siniaková, with the pair ending the year as the top-ranked doubles players.

* Won the mixed doubles title with American Rajeev Ram at the 2019 Australian Open, while also reaching the Wimbledon women’s doubles semis with Siniaková.

* Won her maiden WTA singles title at Strasbourg, a day before the start of this year’s French Open.

* In only her fifth main draw singles appearance at a major, she won the French Open in 2021. — Reuters

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