This yr was a season of resurgence for Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. The Czech duo, a longtime partnership relationship again to their junior days, certified for his or her third straight WTA Finals, with their finest outcomes since 2018. Their 4 titles embody one Grand Slam and the Olympic gold medal, and their total win-loss file is 35-10 via the top of Indian Wells.
We glance again on the moments that outlined their season:
Australia: Again within the massive time
Krejcikova and Siniakova swept their manner via the juniors, and in 2018 – their first full season collectively at professional degree – they proved they may dominate the WTA Tour as properly. That yr, they received Roland Garros and Wimbledon again to again and completed joint World No.1 after coming runner-up to Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic on the WTA Finals.
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However coming into 2021, that they had not managed to achieve one other Grand Slam closing since Wimbledon 2018, and had received solely three titles in that timeframe. Each of these have been rectified instantly in Australia. Krejcikova and Siniakova received the Gippsland Trophy and backed it up with a run to the Australian Open closing, dropping out to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka.
Dominance on clay
The spring hardcourts have been much less beneficial to Krejcikova and Siniakova, who misplaced earlier than the ultimate in every of Doha, Dubai and Miami. On the terre battue, although, they soared.
The Czechs captured a seventh title collectively, in Madrid, defeating Gabriela Dabrowski and Demi Schuurs within the closing. That was the precursor to a superb Roland Garros, the place they dropped only one set – to Dabrowski and Leylah Fernandez within the third spherical – en path to their second French Open crown and third main trophy.
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This was all occurring together with Krejcikova’s beautiful singles breakthrough. After being topped Roland Garros singles champion as an unseeded outsider, the subsequent day she delivered as a favorite within the doubles closing. Krejcikova and Siniakova, the No.2 seeds, dispatched No.14 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek – a end result that meant Krejcikova turned the primary lady to drag off the Parisian double of singles and doubles titles since Mary Pierce in 2000.
Wimbledon led to disappointment for Krejcikova and Siniakova, who have been unable to drag off a second Channel Slam after lacking 4 match factors towards Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina in a 6-7(6), 6-4, 9-7 quarterfinal thriller.
However a month later, they obtained their revenge, eking out the Russian duo 6-3, 3-6, [10-6] within the Tokyo Olympic Video games semifinals. It was the third match tiebreak in a row that Krejcikova and Siniakova had received, however after taking the lengthy path to the ultimate, the gold medal match can be a smoother experience.
The Czechs defeated Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-1 to win their first Olympic medals – and break new floor for his or her nation. The Czech Republic had loved an extended custom of Olympic tennis medallists, notably in girls’s doubles, the place two groups had beforehand received the silver medal (Helena Sukova and Jana Novotna in 1988 and 1996, and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in 2012). However Krejcikova and Siniakova have been the primary to deliver house gold because the Czech Republic turned an impartial nation in 1993.