Final set: Krejcikova 6-1 2-6 0-1 *Pavlyuchenkova (*denotes server)
Lengthy comfort break ahead of the decider. Gamesmanship? It’s possible from Krejcikova who is hoping her opponent’s injury can only get worse. Pavlyuchenkova looks a tad miffed by this and is trying to keep herself moving. There is muffled applause for the belated arrival of Krejcikova. Pavlyuchenkova takes revenge by serving with power. She aces to go to 40-15, and claims the first game.
Second set: Krejcikova* 6-1 2-6 Pavlyuchenkova (*denotes server)
There’s a medical timeout as Krejcikova has a problem with her left leg which seemed to be tweaked just as Pavlyuchenkova was closing on the second set. Looks like her thigh muscles got snarled up in the clay. She soldiers on to face her opponent serving to stay in the set. Her way to win is to power on, but Krejcikova’s shot for 15-15 would have been beyond Usain Bolt at full pelt. Still, it goes to 15-30, and she is hanging on until the painkillers kick in. Job done, and she whips a backhand winner. The third and deciding set is upon us.Continue reading...