Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ‘proud’ after helping Russia seal BJK Cup semifinal berth

World No. 12 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was proud of herself after delivering a clutch win against France’s Alize Cornet to help Russia win the tie. 

In the opening rubber of the Russia and France tie, Clara Burel beat Ekaterina Alexandrova to give France an early lead. 

In the following rubber, Pavlyuchenkova recovered from a set down to beat Cornet 5-7 6-4 6-2 to force a deciding rubber. 

In the deciding rubber, Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova beat Cornet and Burel to give Russia a semifinal ticket at the Billie Jean King Cuo. 

“I’m so, so happy and so proud of myself because I think it was an incredible match, not only tennis, I think it was very good tennis, but more importantly, I think it was an amazing fighting spirit from both of us,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who saved six of 10 break points and fired 34 winners against her French opponent,” Pavlyuchenkova said, per the Billie Jean King Cup website. 

Pavlyuchenkova noted Cornet didn’t give her anything

“We were like two tigers, nobody wanted to give to each other anything and I think that’s what matters, that’s the point of the sport we’re playing,” Pavlyuchenkova added. 

“Win or lose, I would be disappointed if I lost but I would still be proud and happy. There’s a bonus I won, I believe we go to semis, that’s what the little dance was about. Also I kept so many emotions inside, so I just wanted to let it go.”

Pavlyuchenkova suggested she was overthinking too much in the first set. 

“I think in the first set I was thinking too much on why I missed this ball, where I have to play, what was wrong. Then second and the third I just said to myself, ‘just play every point, doesn’t matter how, I want to win’. Third set I said to myself, ‘I’m going to die on the court but I will not lose this match’, so I think that was the key,” explained Pavlyuchenkova. 

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