Prague Open final to feature Czech vs. Czech showdown

Tomorrow's Prague Open final sees Barbora Krejčíková face Tereza Martincová after the Czech tennis stars both won in semifinal action today.

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 17.07.2021 17:08:00 (updated on 17.07.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

For the first time since 2015, this year's Prague Open will see a Czech vs. Czech final as French Open winner Barbora Krejčíková faces Tereza Martincová tomorrow. The match will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning at the TK Sparta Praha courts in Stromovka.

Earlier today, eighth-seeded Martincová beat Belgium's Greet Minnen in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final. In the following match, second-seeded Krejčíková handily topped China's Wang Xinyu 6-1, 6-2 to secure her spot.

The wins by Martincová and Krejčíková guarantee a Czech will bring home the Prague Open trophy for the first time since Petra Kvitová in 2018. It's also the first time the Prague tournament has produced an all-Czech final since Karolína Plíšková faced Lucie Hradecká in 2015.

A Czech doubles team might also win this year's tournament, as third-seeded teammates Marie Bouzková and Lucie Hradecká topped the second-seeded team of Storm Sanders (Australia) and Asia Muhammad (USA) today.

The Czech team will face a first-seeded team comprised of Slovakia's Viktória Kužmová and Serbia's Nina Stojanović tomorrow following the singles final.

Quickly rising in WTA rankings, Krejčíková made waves last month at the French Open: entering the tournament unseeded, she became the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles.

The Czech star topped Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the singles final at Roland-Garros before winning the doubles title the following day with teammate Kateřina Siniaková.

Following her French Open win, Krejčíková rose to #13 in WTA rankings. Martincová, her opponent tomorrow, is ranked #79. There are currently nine Czechs in the WTA top 100, led by Karolína Plíšková at #7.

Petra Kvitová, #12 in WTA rankings and first-seeded at this year's Prague Open, made an early exit from the tournament after a first-round loss to Slovakia's Rebecca Šramková on Monday.

Launched in 2010 as an International Tennis Federation tournament with a $50,000 top prize, the Prague Open became a Women's Tennis Association event in 2014 with a $250,000 prize.

Previously held on outdoor clay courts at TK Sparta Praha, this year's Prague Open is being held on new concrete hard courts at the same location.

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