PARIS – Barbora Krejsikova became the third unranked player to win the French Open final, celebrating her first Grand Slam title. On Saturday, the 25-year-old won the classic clay final with 6:1, 2:6, 6:4 against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, thus winning as the first Czech woman since Hana Mandlikova in 1981 – at the time still under Flag of the former Czechoslovakia.
With Krejcikova, a new player was crowned the main winner for the sixth consecutive year in Paris. She won 1.4 million euros in prize money, and Pavlyuchenkova received 750,000 euros.
The first unspecified winner of the Roland Garros tournament in 2017 was Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, followed last year by Ija Swiatek. The defending champion from Poland failed in the quarter-finals this year. The three German players around three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber were eliminated in the first round.
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