Charaeva needed two hours, 33 minutes to overcome Kudermetova, the younger sister of top-50 player Veronika Kudermetova.
“It’s always tough playing against your friend, and especially someone from Russia,” Charaeva told rolandgarros.com. “She is my close friend, and we play in the same team, and I got a little bit nervous. But in the end, I pushed myself to make it good.”
Charaeva had plenty of chances to win the first set. She served for it at 5-4, but got broken. Leading 5-3 in the tiebreak, she let her opponent back into the match once more, and angrily smashed her racquet on the clay in front of the chair umpire after the fourth-seeded Kudermetova converted her first set point.
But Charaeva regrouped in the second set, winning it 6-2 in 35 minutes, and going up 5-2 in the decider.
Then came another momentum shift as Charaeva squandered her first match point with a forehand error on her opponent’s serve. Her nerves once again got the better of her as she served for her first Grand Slam junior final at 5-3. She barely landed a first serve in, allowing Kudermetova to get back on serve with a huge return.