The Russian woman came off the grid in Paris! Pavlyuchenkova lost easily again to an awkward Czech
Pavel Panyshev June 6, 2023, 14:09 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
In the women’s singles at Roland Garros for adults, our compatriots have left.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has not played tennis for a long time due to a serious injury and a long recovery process, is showing herself remarkably at the current Roland Garros. The 31-year-old Russian, on her way to the quarterfinals, has already knocked out two younger compatriots (Lyudmila Samsonova and Anastasia Potapova) from the fight, and also had an excellent fourth-round match with Belgian Elise Mertens. In the live ranking, Pavlyuchenkova, who plays here according to the protected ranking, gained more than 200 (!) Places compared to the beginning of the tournament.
How Pavlyuchenkova fought with Mertens:
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“After this match, there was no emotion left. During the interview on the court, I thought that I was still playing, but now I have relaxed a bit and to be honest, I am very tired. But I am very proud of myself, because a couple of people here reminded me that I was losing 3:6, 1:3, 0:40, I had a feeling that I had already lost the match, but I kept fighting for every point, believe me , and here I am here, ”Nastya herself said after that epic tennis battle.
In fact, Pavlyuchenkova for such sports heroism and the will to win can only be applauded. Nastya’s character is definitely not to occupy. But someone tried to rule out our tennis player even before the start of the tournament and estimated that the chances of her passing even the first round were minimal.
Pavlyuchenkova’s full press conference:
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Her opponent today, Karolina Muchova, also managed to knock out the Russian woman (Elina Avanesyan in the last round), and in the first round she was able to beat a strong rival from the top 10, the Greek Maria Sakkari. In general, the Czech is in good shape, she has a decent season and feels great on the ground, so Pavlyuchenkova had to prepare for a serious test.
In personal meetings, Anastasia led with a score of 2-1. The Russian won the 2019 Kremlin Cup on hard and Madrid 2021 on clay, while the Czech won Wimbledon 2021 on grass.
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Nastya immediately allowed her opponent to break, and then easily lost someone else’s serve. The beginning was clear for the Czech, Pavlyuchenkova had many mistakes. However, the Russian woman at this tournament often swayed closer to the second set.
In the second game, Anastasia began to fumble with her game, bringing the pitch to zero and displaying an excellent short shot. But Carolina also performed very well, followed by a successful presentation, and she soon dragged Pavlyuchenkova into a long 12-minute game. Fortunately, the Russian won it – 3:2.
In the sixth game, Pavlyuchenkova returned the break, capping it all off with a luxurious backhand from reception to finish. Emotions were visible on Nastya’s face, she began to succeed, it was not for nothing that the Russian woman took the lead for the first time in the match, 4:3. In the end, having made a break again, Mukhova could not deliver a set, but she still added and took the first game – 7: 5. The safety margin of the affected Czech athlete.
In the second set, Mukhova again made a break right away, again putting her opponent in a difficult position. Carolina acted with confidence and clarity, leading 3:1. Nastya, as before, had to show heroism in order to save this meeting.
Unfortunately, the miracle did not happen. Mukhova, with the score of 5:2 in the second set, closed the game from the second match point, and then warmly hugged Pavlyuchenkova, behaving very correctly, decently and as has always been the custom in tennis. Nastya again lost to an awkward and strong Czech in the Slam, as before at Wimbledon in 2021. There are no Russians left in the singles category of the adult tournament, now we support Karen Khachanov. In the Roland Garros semifinals, Carolina will face either Elina Svitolina or Arina Sobolenko.