Barbora Krejcikova's stunning comeback against Rybakina sees her reach first Wimbledon final

Thursday, 11 July 2024 at 20:21
Barbora Krejcikova (No. 31) staged a remarkable comeback against Elena Rybakina (No. 4), winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon final for the first time in her career. The 28-year-old Czech unexpectedly returns to a Grand Slam final and will look to replicate her 2021 French Open title on Sunday when she faces Jasmine Paolini.
It hadn’t been a positive season for Krejcikova, with a poor 7-9 record. This week, she has already secured six consecutive wins on a surface that had never given her great results and has ensured her return to the top-15 in the WTA rankings.
The first set seemed to indicate an uncomplicated day for the Kazakh, as she took two consecutive breaks early on, dominating the points with her forehand, and the game was almost exclusively dictated by Rybakina, who alternated between winners and unforced errors. Krejcikova found her form at 0-4 down, starting to loosen her shots and showing more intent.
The Czech recovered one of the breaks but then lost her third consecutive service game. Despite the former French Open champion managing to close the gap with a final break, Rybakina finished the set with her serve at 6-3. Most of the set was defined by Rybakina’s shot quality, with 19 winners and 15 unforced errors against Krejcikova’s 3 and 7, respectively.
In the second set, Krejcikova was visibly comfortable on the court, being more aggressive by frequently approaching the net (7/9) and maintaining a good first serve effectiveness (74%), winning 69% of those points. The Czech faced break points against her in her first three service games but came through unscathed, while she capitalized on her first break opportunity in the sixth game to gain the advantage.
Once the former world No. 2 took the lead, she dominated the set, not giving her opponent any more break chances. Although she maintained a strong serve, she struggled to close the set, squandering five set points on her serve before finally sealing it 6-3.
The third set was highly tense, with both players being dominant on their service turns. Rybakina conceded a couple of opportunities to Krejcikova in the seventh game, which was enough for the Czech to take the lead. After gaining the upper hand, Krejcikova proved to be a player made for big moments, maintaining her composure until the end and closing the match with her serve at 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Krejcikova will seek her second Grand Slam title on Saturday against Jasmine Paolini (No. 7), who became the first player to reach consecutive Roland Garros and Wimbledon finals since Serena Williams in 2016. The Italian defeated Donna Vekic (No. 37) and will aim to secure her first Slam title this time.

1st Wimbledon final ✔️ 2nd Grand Slam final ✔️ 3-0 against Rybakina ✔️ 🇨🇿 @BKrejcikova has battled past Elena Rybakina, 3-6 6-3 6-4, to reach the first Wimbledon final of her career. 👏 The 2021 Roland Garros champion has now won her last TWELVE tour-level semifinals in a row:


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