Barbora Krejčíková’s winning streak was interrupted by the world number one. Theoretically, the Czech tennis player could be satisfied after losing in the eighth finals of Wimbledon, in which she played singles for the first time in her career, but she was not. She mainly praised the gained experience.
Krejčíková won fifteen matches in a row until Monday. Her life’s single pilgrimage included a title in Strasbourg and, above all, a Grand Slam laurel for Roland Garros. She also managed three matches on the grass in the All England Club and was not enough for the Australian Ashleigh Barty.
“It just didn’t work out. I have to take it positively, even though I’m disappointed now. It would probably be bad if I wasn’t,” Krejčíková stated. She did not beat her better because she succumbed to the current queen of world tennis. “Certainly not. Whoever is on the other side, I wanted to go there and win,” she said.
At the same time, she started her first match against the current number one well. She got a break and could add more. “But I made a few unnecessary mistakes, I put her on her feet. Then it was a fight that didn’t work out for me,” she said. “Ash is number one and is so right. She plays great and knows how to help herself. Even though she lost, she was still positive and tried to find a way to make it uncomfortable for me.”
Over time, Krejčíková made minor mistakes, which were exceptional in previous matches. “She’s getting better, I’m gradually declining. Maybe I still lack experience, but it just cost me a match. I’m not that high for so long, I have to gather experience and keep trying to improve. Next time I play with her, maybe I’ll get to the third set, “said the Czech player.
She saw the biggest difference in the submission. “I had opportunities, but Ash helped herself terribly with the service. She put me under pressure and then dictated it as she needed. Even though I had benefits for myself, I didn’t help myself with the service, I made a lot of mistakes after him,” said Krejčíková. He has a clear idea of what to work on. “At the service station, there’s the biggest weakness for me. I have to move.”
On the way from court number one, she heard the applause of the audience. But she left sad. “I was sorry it was the last single match on such a big court in front of so many people. I was sad that the match was over. I was sorry. I hope people enjoyed it, that we did a good show,” said Krejčíková, 25.
She repeated that she was disappointed, but won three matches and gained new experience. “It’s been a good week, I’ve been gaining new experiences on the grass and I’ve been playing good tennis,” she said, thinking ahead. “Now we will go back to the concrete, other nice tournaments are waiting for me. I am looking forward to them and I will try to move as much as possible again,” she said. She should play in Prague next week.