Who Won Last Year's French Open?
Every year, players and fans anxiously wait for the second of four Grand Slam events, the French Open. Last year, the tournament was held from May 24th until June 13th at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. As the 2022 French Open is quickly approaching, who won the 2021 French Open? Read below to learn more about Novak Djovkovic, Barbora Krejcikova, and the 2022 predictions.
Men’s Division: Novak Djokovic
In the 2021 tournament, Novak Djokovic claimed his second French Open title by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas with a final set score of 6-4. After this victory, he became the first man in the Open Era and the third in history to win all four of the Grand Slam tournaments at least twice. As a top-ranked international player, this French Open became his 19th major title. Throughout the five sets at the French Open, Djokovic was initially two sets down; however, he battled in the last three to secure the win. Some of his key statistics in the duration of the match include winning 85% of his first-serve points in the first set as well as 73% of his second-serve points and 11 winners against four unforced errors in the third set. Djokovic also edged out Tsitsipas in net points won with 19/30, approximately 63%. As one of the most thrilling comebacks in tennis history, the entire match lasted four hours and 11 minutes, ending with Djokovic hoisting the Musketeers’ Cup.
Women’s Division: Barbora Krejcikova
In a dominating 3-0 match, Barbora Krejcikova defeated Russian competitor and No. 31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to become the 2021 French Open winner in the women’s singles division. Her win also made history as she became the first Czech woman to win the singles title at the French Open since Hana Mandlikova in 1981. Following this win, her streak at the time was extended to 12 matches. Most shockingly, Krejcikova experienced a rapid rise to success, being ranked 114 in singles only eight months before her victory. This talented, young player demonstrated that success in the one hour and 58-minute match. Throughout the match, her major statistics include winning 73% of net points and claiming 34 winners. Although initially an underdog, Krejcikova celebrated with the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup, proving all those who doubted her wrong.
After learning more about the 2021 victors, who is favored to win the 2022 French Open? Based on his performance last year, Novak Djokovic is projected to win yet again and maintain his streak. If he wins, Djokovic rivals the success level of fellow players, such as Rafael Nadal. In terms of the female division, Polish player Iga Swiatek was named the favorite earlier this year; however, Australian player Ashleigh Barty is another projected winner following her victory at the Australian Open. The French Open will begin on May 22nd, 2022, and fans will watch to see who will claim the trophies this year.