“So I have these mixed feelings. Obviously, first, it’s a great run and especially in my case, coming back this year, after what I have been going through – I was off for almost a year – so of course it’s amazing, but at the same time the appetite comes while you eat, so I was winning and I just wanted to keep going,” she said.
Two years after reaching the final in Paris in 2021, Pavlyuchenkova admits that she entered this season low on self-belief.
“At the beginning of the year I had zero confidence. I was a bit lost to be honest," she said. "If you tell me earlier this year that I would get a quarter-final and win so many good matches, of course I would take it, but now it feels totally normal, and I’m actually upset that I lost today.
"So that’s what is also the beauty of life and sport.”