French Open 2021 Women's Semifinals: Krejcikova beats Sakkari in 3-set thriller to set Pavlyuchenkova final

Follow the live updates of the Roland Garros 2021 women's singles semifinal match Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova.

Barbora Krejcikova outclass Maria Sakkari 9-7 in the final set to enter the final.   -  GETTY IMAGES

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Set and Key moments updates:

Maria Sakkari v Barbora Krejcikova

3rd Set, 7-9: After three hours and 18 minutes, Krejcikova has pipped Sakkari to reach her first-ever Grand Slam final. She will meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

 

3rd Set, 7-8: Two players at the top of their game at the moment and unbreakable on serve.

3rd Set, 6-7: Krejcikova a game away now. Sakkari up on serve.

3rd Set, 5-5: Krejcikova just does not give this away. All level in the decider!

3rd Set, 5-3: Sakkari one set away from the Final!

3rd Set, 2-1: A roaring Sakkari has broken the Krejcikova serve to take the lead.

3rd Set, 0-1: Krejcikova finally has a positive start on serve as she holds first in the decider.

3rd Set is On.

2nd Set, 6-4:  Sakkari holds her nerve and takes the second set to put the match 1-1 heading into the final set.

2nd Set, 4-3: Krejcikova fights back again and has narrowed Sakkari's lead by a game.

2nd Set, 3-0: Sakkari has been more sharper on serve and return and has put up a strong start to the set with a 3-0 lead.

2nd Set, 1-0: Sakkari has an identical start to the first set as she breaks Krejcikova's serve first-up.

1st Set, 5-7: A top-class comeback! Krejcikova has levelled up her game to snatch the first set away from a misfiring Sakkari.

 

1st Set, 3-3: Krejcikova fights back to make it level!

1st Set, 3-1: Sakkari extends the lead on serve after breaking the Czech twice.

1st Set, 1-1: Krejcikova responds with a break of Sakkari's serve!

1st Set, 1-0: Sakkari breaks right away to take the lead!

1st Set: Krejcikova to open serve

1st Set: Sakkari and Krejickova have a shot at history, with both women featuring in their first Grand Slam semi-final.

 

Head-to-Head: Krejcikova leads 2-0

Next up in semi-final 2 at Court Philippe-Chatrier: 17th-seed Maria Sakkari takes on Czech's Barbora Krejcikova.

Maria Sakkari happy to give karate the chop in French Open title pursuit  

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tamara Zidansek

French Open 2021: Pavlyuchenkova reaches first Grand Slam final  

2nd Set, 6-3: Pavlyuchenkova is through to the Final! The 29-year-old has put up a stellar performance to endure the Slovenian challenge and is through to her first-ever Grand Slam final.

 

2nd Set, 5-3: Pavlyuchenkova breaks again! The Russian is nearly through after crushing the Zidansek serve once again under pressure.

2nd Set, 4-3: Zidansek climbs on with a fine game on serve and manages to induce a couple of errors from Pavlyuchenkova to find the break to get back nearly on level terms at 4-3.

2nd Set, 4-1: Pavlyuchenkova breaks Zidansek's serve again and has another comfortable hold of serve to near her first Grand Slam final.

2nd Set, 2-1: Pavlyuchenkova breaks early to take a 2-0 lead, only to have her very next serve broken by Zidansek.

1st Set, 7-5: Pavlyuchenkova wins first set! Pavlyuchenkova is halfway through to her first Grand Slam final as she quells a powerful challenge from Zidansek to scrape through the first set.

1st Set, 5-4: The Russian Pavlyuchenkova is on the brink of taking the first with a 5-3 lead. Her serve is broken right on the cusp of taking the first set as Zidansek makes it 5-4.