Palm Desert High graduate and Rancho Mirage resident Desirae Krawczyk will have to wait to add more major hardware to her trophy case after bowing out of the French Open on Monday, the site of her first grand slam tennis title last year.
Krawczyk was not able to repeat the magic she found last year in Paris when she won her first major championship. She was in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles at this year’s French Open but has been eliminated from both contests.
As a refresher, the 28-year-old doubles specialist had a remarkable 2021 that started with a mixed-doubles title in Paris with Brit Joe Salisbury. She then teamed with another Brit, Neal Skupski, to win Wimbledon and then reunited with Salisbury to win the US Open. Krawczyk and Novak Djokovic were the only tennis players to win three major titles in 2021.
This year, it was she and Skupski teaming up at the French Open. The duo was the No. 4 seed entering the tournament but lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals on Monday 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 to the team of Ulrikke Eikeri (Norway) and Joran Vliegen (Belgium).
In the women’s doubles competition, Krawczyk teamed with Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands, as she has all of 2022. They entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed but were upset early in the event, falling to Kimberley Zimmermann and Maryna Zanevska of Belgium 7 -6, 6-4 in the second round.
Krawczyk hasn’t had as much success in women’s doubles as she has in mixed doubles, but she did make the French Open final in 2020 with partner Alexa Gaurachi before finishing runner-up.
Next on the major calendar for Krawczyk will be another chance to defend a title when she returns to Wimbledon June 27-July 10.
Shad Powers is a columnist for The Desert Sun. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.