Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek plays a return to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea during their fourth round match on day 8, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
- The first of two semifinals for women’s play at the French Open will be between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Tamara Zidanšek
- This will be the first meeting between the two players
- See below for the odds and our best bet analysis for this semifinal match
While two quarterfinal matches are still having to be played, one semifinal has been set for women’s singles play at the 2021 French Open. 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on unseeded Tamara Zidanšek in an unexpected matchup.
Pavlyuchenkova will enter the match as the slight favorite, coming off an impressive come from behind against her quarterfinal opponent Elena Rybakina. Zidanšek went on to defeat Paula Badosa to earn her spot in the final four. Both are coming off strong three set battles that earned them their semifinal spot.
Continue to see the odds as well as our breakdown of how each player got to this point in the tournament, and our best bet prediction.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Tamara Zidanšek French Open Semifinal Odds
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||-2.5 (-121)||-167||O 21.5 (-106)|
|Tamara Zidanšek||+2.5 (-105)||+140||U 21.5 (-120)|
Odds as of June 8th from DraftKings
Pavlyuchenkova Upsets Rybakina
About a decade in the making, the Russian rallied and battled in her quarterfinal match to defeat Rybakina 6(2)-7(7), 6-2, 9-7, and earn her spot in her first Major semifinal.
Rybakina, who was coming off a win against Serena Williams, started off very strong. The 21-year old recorded 11 winners within the first five games to lead 4-1. It wasn’t long until Pavlyuchenkova was able to even it out to 4-4. Despite losing that first set, the 29-year old came out strong, and was able to snag the second set to force a tie break.
The third set was much more back and forth, and was really anyone’s game, but Pavlyuchenkova was able to record 44 winners throughout the match, which was the number needed to earn her spot in the semifinals, as her opponent double faulted to end the match.
Zidanšek’s Maiden Grand Slam Semifinal
Unseeded and World No. 85 Zidanšek earned her place in the semi’s at the French Open after defeating Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. Prior to the French Open, the 23-year old had yet to advance past the second round of a Grand Slam.
Zidanšek started her tournament off with a big win over sixth seed Bianca Andreescu, and hasn’t looked back. But Badosa was going to be a tough opponent, the Spaniard entered with a WTA-leading 17-2 record on clay this year.
Badosa seemed to be struggling with her serve, recording eight double faults, to Zidanšek’s three. On top on that Zidanšek’s serving was actually a strength of hers during the match. Badosa continued to fight and managed to take the second set to force a tiebreak, but Zidanšek did control the tone for majority of the time. And after about two and a half hours, she claimed her well deserved spot in the final four in Paris.
Pavlyuchenkova and Zidanšek enter this match having never played each other before. With not much to go off of, let’s see how they played this year. The 23-year old has a better record on the year than Pavlyuchenkova, but leading up to the French Open Pavlyuchenkova had a strong showing in Madrid, setting herself up for success here in Paris.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Tamara Zidanšek Head-to-Head Stats
This is going to be an interesting match. Not necessarily the two players that were expected to be here, but two that will provide us with exciting tennis.
I would say we’re more familiar with Pavlyuchenkova’s playing style as of late, due to her strong showing at the Madrid Open leading up to Paris. The Russian has a very powerful forehand, and enjoys hitting strong groundstrokes. But what makes this very interesting is Zidanšek’s style of play is quite suited for the surface. She very quick, and she herself has a very strong forehand.
Yes, Pavlyuchenkova has more overall experience heading into this match, but the reality is, neither player has experience in a Grand Slam semifinal match. The winner of this match will be who is more mentally tough. I do think the Russian’s career experience does allow her to potentially have the edge here, as she has more bigger matches until her belt, despite it never being a Grand Slam semifinal.
Best Bet: Pavlyuchenkova (-167); Pavlyuchenkova 2-1 (+340)
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