Krawczyk Takes Silver at Roland-Garros
PARIS - No. 14 seeded pair Desirae Krawczyk '16 and partner Alexa Guarachi (Alabama '13) came just shy of the doubles title at this year's French Open, losing 4-6, 5-7 to defending champions and No. 2 seed Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic Sunday morning in Paris. The match marked both Krawczyk and Guarachi's first Grand Slam Final appearance and capped off a tournament that featured the U.S.-Chilean duo takes wins over higher seeds Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova, and No. 7 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara.
"What a great two weeks it's been making my first Grand Slam Final," Krawczyk posted on Instagram after the match. "I'm so proud of the work, the fight and belief we've had as a team. This one hurts a lot but I'm happy with the progress we've made and makes us hungry for more opportunities."
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What a great two weeks it's been making my first Grand Slam Final. I'm so proud of the work, the fight and belief we've had as a team. This one hurts A LOT but I'm happy with the progress we've made and makes us hungry for more opportunities. Thank you to my friends, family, @andrewharris94 & @craigvealtennis for your support?? Last but not least, thank you to my partner @aguarachi, it's been a long 8 weeks- lots of travel and lots of close quarters, we survived ?? . . . TIME TO BURST THE BUBBLE AND CELEBRATE ????
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While Desirae and Alexa came up a bit short in the Finals of the French Open Doubles today they have so much to be proud of?? WELL DONE LADIES and CONGRATULATIONS on a GREAT GRAND SLAM!!!!
— Sheila McInerney (@asu10s_coachmac) October 11, 2020
How it happened:
Guarachi and Krawczyk took the first game of the day before Babos and Mladenovic went back-to-back in games two and three, a push Krawczyk and Guarchi mirrored to go up 3-2 in the first set. The No. 2 seed then won three straight games, dropped the ninth game of the set, then closed out the opening frame with a final victory to go up 6-4.
The No. 14 pair opened the second set with a victory once again before they went down 3-1. The pair pushed back with two consecutive wins to tie the frame at 3-3 before the teams began trading points, Babos and Mladenovic winning the final two games to claim the crown.