Barbora Krejcikova (4)

-Czechia

-25 years old

-World number four

Intro and last year

Last year’s Australian Open is what you would expect from the world number 65, a round two exit to 29th seed Alexandrova. However she did win the mixed doubles and make the final of the women’s doubles, so not a bad tournament for her. This year Krejcikova returns as a top singles player too, she’s the fourth seed, with a real chance of victory.

Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova celebrates after winning the Mixed Doubles Championship during the 2020 Australian Open – Andy Cheung/ArcK Images/arckimages.com/UK Tennis Magazine/International Sports Fotos

History at the event

She’s entered the main singles draw twice, and both times only made round two.

As a side note, in the women’s doubles she made the quarterfinals in 2019, the semifinal in 2020 and the final in 2021, the natural progression suggests a victory in 2022.

Krejcikova has won the Mixed doubles for the last three years straight.

Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles of the 2021 Australian Open – Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO

Singles record 2-2, 50% win rate.

Last season

In 2021, Krejcikova was already a top doubles player, but transformed herself into a top singles player too. 

She won the French Open singles and doubles in the summer, then went on to win her home Prague 250 tournament and put on a series of consistent results throughout the rest of the season. She made the quarterfinal of the US Open to finish the slams, and qualified for the WTA Finals, but lost all her singles matches.

Barbora Krejcikova wins the semifinal match of the 2021 French Open – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

She won the WTA Finals doubles with her partner Siniakova.

Krejcikova peaked at rank three, but ended the year as world number five.

Barbora Krejcikova at the 2021 US Open – Kathryn Riley/USTA

Build up and form

Krejcikova ended the 2021 season with a poor showing at the WTA finals, losing to Kontaveit, Pliskova and eventual winner Muguruza. 

She started her 2022 season in the ongoing Sydney international, where she is set to face Anett Kontaveit in the Semifinal, after winning her first two matches.

Krejcikova has moved up to world number four this year.

Positives

Last year’s Australian Open was before her singles surge, and her second round result can’t be counted against her. She’s one of the best now, and in her third Australian Open singles draw, she is a clever and powerful player with great variety.

arbora Krejcikova wins ladies singles final of the 2021 French Open beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Negatives

Krejcikova prefers a slow surface, especially clay. Playing all three draws will exhaust her.

Expectations

Fourth round is a reasonable expectation for her, she does have an outside chance for the win, but she’ll likely do better in the doubles than the singles.

PBarbora Krejcikova (CZE) with Coupe Suanne Lenglen after winning the 2021 French Open – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Best possible: W

Expected: 4th round

Worst possible: 2nd round

French Open 2021 ladies final Krejcikova v Pavlyuchenkova

Potential route to victory (predicted by seeding):

R1 – Petkovic

R2 – Wang

R3 – Ostapenko (26)

R4 – Svitolina (15)

QF – Badosa (8)

SF – Barty (1)

F – Sabalenka (2)

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