Barbora Krejcikova completed the double at the French Open, adding the women’s doubles title to her singles crown, a feat that has not been accomplished in Paris since Mary Pierce won in 2000, by beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Iga Swiatek, 6-4 6-2, in the final on Sunday.
I hope I’m going to have some chances on the grass, but I don’t really know because I’m not that experienced on it. We will see. I’m just really looking forward to playing the next tournament and every tournament. Right now, after all of this happened, this last two weeks, last two days, I feel really relieved and relaxed. I just know from now on I can really enjoy because I have pretty much achieved everything I really wanted. Barbora Krejcikova
Krejcikova and her partner, Katerina Siniakova, won Grand Slam titles together at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2018, while she has won the mixed doubles at the Australian Open for the last three years.
The 25-year-old Czech admitted it was hard to focus on another final, saying: “It was really difficult. Yesterday, so many emotions and everything. I didn’t really sleep well.
“I woke up in the morning and I felt really tired. I can actually say that out loud right now, I’m having some pains in my leg.
“I’m really happy that it went this way. I actually went really relaxed today when I went on court. I was just trying to really support my partner and also just try to cheer her up a little bit, because we already played finals in Australia.
“She said, ‘I felt I was playing bad there, I don’t want to play like this again’. I’m like, ‘No worries. You are not going to screw it up to me. It’s fine. Just let’s go. Let’s keep playing. Let’s keep working. Let’s fight for every single ball.’
“I’m super happy that she was just really playing today really well. She was really helping me. I’m really thankful to her that she was there, that she was standing next to me. It felt a little bit easier than yesterday.”
A day after lifting her first Grand Slam singles trophy with victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Krejcikova joined Siniakova for a straight sets victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Iga Swiatek in an hour 14 minutes
Both Krejcikova & Siniakova had trouble with their serving in the Paris wind, racking up 8 double faults, but had enough experience and knowhow to win the final four games for victory.
The pair have played together since juniors, winning the junior doubles title in Paris in 2013, the first of the 3 straight junior Grand Slams they won as a team.
“If I remember right, it was a little bit lucky, no?” Siniakova recalled about their start in the juniors. “We started to play actually here at Roland Garros because we couldn’t find [partners]. We won it. From that time we decided to play with each other because it went really good.
“Then we won Wimbledon junior title, then US Open. So it was a really amazing year. We really enjoyed it. From that time, it’s a long journey, but I think we did a really great job. We both keep fighting. We find our way to pro tennis.”
From their junior success, the pair of 25-year-olds have established themselves as one of the elite WTA doubles teams, and they proved it once more in Sunday’s final, where they won 81 percent of their first-service points and converted 5 of their 7 break points.
“Of course, I feel amazing,” Siniakova told the media, in the team’s post-match press conference. “I’m really happy that we did it. I think we played great. We’re really communicating really well. I think it’s working.”
It was a breakthrough run for Mattek-Sands & Swiatek, as ‘Team TekTekBoom’ made it all the way to the final in just their third tournament as a partnership, which was also the first Tour-level doubles final of Swiatek’s career.
The American-Polish pair, who defeated No 1 seeds Hsieh Su-wei & Elise Mertens in the third round, could not get past the Czechs in the final, though.
The result brings Mattek-Sands’s 5-0 undefeated streak in Grand Slam women’s doubles finals to an end.
The American still has an exceptional record at Roland Garros, having won the women’s doubles title twice alongside Lucie Safarova, in 2015 and 2017.
Krejcikova & Siniakova charged out to an early 4-0 lead, sweeping past Mattek-Sands & Swiatek with an array of superb volleys and pristine returns.
Swiatek managed to get her team on the board by holding serve for 4-1, and she grasped a break back with a winning volley to pull them within 5-3, but Krejcikova then held at love to close out the opening set.
A flurry of three straight breaks in the second ended with a Krejcikova return winner putting her team ahead 3-2 and, from that point on, Siniakova dominated at the net with a volleying masterclass, clinching a second break and a 5-2 lead for the No 2 seeds.
With Siniakova serving for the match in that game, it was Krejcikova’s chance to take charge at the net, slamming put-aways to reach triple championship point and, on their second opportunity, Siniakova knocked off a backhand winner to wrap up the win.
In addition to her pair of trophies, Krejcikova will reclaim the No 1 spot in the doubles rankings next week.
“I think we’re going to have a dinner together this evening,” Krejcikova said. “We will have a little glass of champagne. I already said I don’t really drink but I think it’s a time to actually celebrate it. I think we’re going to really enjoy.
“The rest, I just want to go back home. I just really have to relax. I have to spend some time with my family. After that just start to work again.”
Krejcikova is the 12th first-time Slam champion on the women’s side since the start of 2016.
Of those, only 4 have gone on to win another major title, and it remains to be seen whether Krejcikova can build on her success by becoming a regular challenger in singles.
Krejcikova will be making her singles main draw debut at Wimbledon as a seed, having been ranked outside the Top 100 less than a year ago.
“I hope I’m going to have some chances on the grass, but I don’t really know because I’m not that experienced on it,” she admitted. “We will see. I’m just really looking forward to playing the next tournament and every tournament.
“Right now, after all of this happened, this last two weeks, last two days, I feel really relieved and relaxed. I just know from now on I can really enjoy because I have pretty much achieved everything I really wanted.”
Krejcikova became only the 7th woman in history to win both the singles and doubles at Roland Garros.
“I’m just really happy that we have another title and looking forward we are going to continue with our co-operation at Wimbledon and also for the Olympics,” she said. “I hope there’s going to be a bright future for us.”