Barbora Krejcikova is officially a double threat. The former doubles No. 1 claimed her first Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros, overcoming a fierce challenge from Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
"I'm extremely happy," Krejcikova said in press. "I mean, it's a dream come true, for sure. It's really hard to put the words together right now because so many emotions, so many things going through my mind.
"I'm just really happy that I was able to handle it as I did, that mentally I think that was the biggest key. I spoke with my psychologist again, and we spoke about it a lot. Like I just knew that as soon as I'm going to enter the court, I'm just not going to be panicking anymore. That was actually happening. I was really happy about that."
Krejcikova made a lightning start and withstood a fightback to become the first Czech woman to win in Paris in 30 years after just under two hours on Court Philippe Chatrier, striking 34 winners to Pavlyuchenkova's 23.
"It's something I have always dreamt about, winning here, my first doubles title, then some doubles title, then winning the mixed ones. Now I was just telling myself, 'It would be really nice if I can get the Grand Slam in all three categories.' Now it's happening. I cannot believe it. Now it's happening. Wow."
Facing off for the first time, both women brought their own experience to what was undoubtedly the biggest singles match of their respective careers. Pavlyuchenkova was a former junior prodigy and Top 30 staple with a whopping 52 Grand Slam main draw appearances to her name.
By contrast, Krejcikova is only making her fifth in singles but had already reached the pinnacle of the game in doubles, becoming world Co-No. 1 alongside longtime partner Katerina Siniakova. Together, the former junior doubles standouts won back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2018.