June 20, 2021

Herbert and Mahut in the doubles final

  • Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, with courage

“There are no more French people at Roland-Garros”. To pronounce in the singular, the statement which followed the elimination of Richard Gasquet against Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Paris tournament, is not conjugated in the plural. Thursday June 10, the tricolor pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut, crowned on Parisian ocher in 2018, won in three sets after three hours of play against Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah, seeded n ° 2.

In contention for a fifth Grand Slam title, the French have, from the start of the match, taken up the service of the winners at Wimbledon and at the US Open in 2019, heating up the audience on the Simonne-Mathieu court, before to be immediately joined in the score.

The four players then engaged in a high intensity fight and came out in a decisive game. A one-sided tie-break that the Colombians won 7-2.

Back to the wall in the second set, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut erased three match points, before stealing the Colombians’ throw-in and picking up at 5-5. In a new decisive game, they pocketed the second set (7-6, [7-2]).

More regular, the French took the lead of their opponents from the start of the last set (2-0). Advantage they retained, courage, saving two balls of breakthrough at the time of concluding the game (6-4).

The French duo will face the Kazakhs Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev in the final, winners earlier in the day against Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez Portero.

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova all in peace

At Roland Garros this year, the outcome of the women’s tournament promises to be unprecedented. Thursday June 10, four young women discovered the excitement of the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.

In the first poster of the day, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 32e world, made short work of Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, 23, 85e world, eliminated in straight sets (7-5, 6-3).

In difficulty on the climbs to the net (4/10 points gained in this sector), the Russian spoke of her experience, making the break at the opportune moment. After stealing the service from the young Slovenian for the third time, she won the first round (7-5).

In the second round, she benefited from the many faults of her adversary in difficulty on her backhand (33 unforced errors in total) to recover her throw-in from the start of the second set (2-0). Tamara Zidansek immediately put it back together. Returning to 4-3, the Slovenian once again lost her service at the worst of times, and lost 6-3 after 1 h 34 of play on the Philippe-Chatrier court.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who turns 30 next month, will play her first Grand Slam final. A revenge for the Russian ranked world number 1 among juniors, at the age of 15. She will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Czech Barbora Krejcikova.