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Pavlyuchenkova, Krejciokova set up clash for French Open women’s title

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Paris, June 10 (MNN) World number 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Slovenian Tamara Zidansek on Thursday to set up a clash for French Open women’s title against Czech Barbora Krejciokava who got the better of Maria Sakkari.

Russian Pavlyuchenkova, 29, overcame a surging world number 85 Zidansek in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The title clash is slated for Saturday, and comes 14 years after the Russian’s Grand Slam debut.

Pavlyuchenkova became the first woman to play more than 50 majors before reaching her first final.

The previous record was held by Roberta Vinci, who was the 2015 US Open runner-up in her 44th main draw.

Pavlyuchenkova also ends a six-year drought for her country. She is the 1st Russian woman to advance to a Slam final since Maria Sharapova, who lost the 2015 Australian Open final to Serena Williams.

In the second semi-finals, unseeded Barbora pulled off a memorable victory at the Roland Garros on Thursday, outlasting number 17 seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in three hours and 18 minutes.

Krejcikova, now on an 11-match winning streak, improved to 3-0 her head-to-head rivalry against Sakkari.

Krejcikova, 25, has made it to the championship match in only her fifth Grand Slam singles main-draw appearance.

The Czech is now on the verge of entering the Top 20 after breaking into her first Grand Slam singles final.

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