World No. 35 Paula Badosa of Spain will take on Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek in the quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open on Tuesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Tamara Zidansek match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Tamara Zidansek Head to Head
This will be the first time that the two 23-year-olds will face each other.
Badosa Into First Major Quarterfinal
No. 33 seed Paula Badosa extended her winning streak to nine matches in a row as the Spaniard edged out 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in a three-set fourth-round contest on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who came to Roland Garros as the Serbia Open champion, needed an hour and 50 minutes to beat the 20th seed Czech 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Badosa struck 30 winners and made 30 unforced errors compared to her opponent’s 26 winners and 39 unforced errors. In all, Badosa converted five of 10 break points and saved six of nine in the match.
The win improved the Spaniard to 23-7 overall and 17-2 on clay this year. Over the last two months, the World No. 35 won her maiden WTA title in Serbia by defeating Ana Konjuh in the final and reached the semifinals in Charleston and Madrid, before falling to Veronika Kudermetova and Ashleigh Barty respectively. Earlier, she had also made the final four in Lyon but fell to Denmark’s Clara Touson.
Having reached the fourth round of a major only once (last year at Roland Garros), Badosa will now make her maiden quarterfinal appearance at a Grand Slam. And the road to the last eight hasn’t been all that easy.
She started with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) win over America’s Lauren Davis in the first round and then demolished Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-0 in the second round. However, the Spaniard had to dig deep against Romania’s Ana Bogdan in the third round, saving a match point and then going on to win the epic two-hour-and-51-minute contest 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. The win was followed by another draining contest against Vondrousova on Sunday.
Badosa will hope to recover quickly and come back fresh for her next match against another first-time quarterfinalist.
Zidansek First Slovenian in a Major Quarterfinal
Facing Badosa in the quarterfinals will be World No. 85 Tamara Zidansek, of Slovenia, who stopped Romania’s Sorana Cirstea from reaching her second major quarterfinal with a straight sets fourth-round win on Sunday.
After a tight first set, Zidansek started dictating terms in the second, to storm into her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory.
Zidansek, who converted three of four break points in the match, saved six of seven, which included a set point at 5-6 in the first. Both players hit 20 winners in the match, but the Slovenian made eight fewer unforced errors to Cirstea’s 28, as she wrapped up the contest in an hour and 26 minutes to send the 2009 Roland Garros quarterfinalist packing.
In the process, Zidansek became the first Slovenia to reach the last eight of a major. Having lost both her previous first round matches at Roland Garros, Zidansek caused a massive upset in the Round of 128 this time around as she knocked out sixth seed Bianca Andreescu 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-2), 9-7 in a three-hour-and-20-minute thriller.
The Slovenian then made short work of Madison Brengle in the second round, beating the American 6-4, 6-1 in 65 minutes to reach the third round of a major for the first time. But the easy win was followed by another sapping contest, where she had to rally from a set down once again, and this time she was bageled in the first set by Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova before she rebounded to win the third round contest 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in an hour and 57 minutes.
The 23-year-old Zidansek, who is yet to win a title at the highest level, reached the final in Bogota earlier this year, but went down fighting to Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.
Badosa v Zidansek Prediction and Tip
Expect a cracking contest between two players who have toughed it out in the first four rounds to reach the quarters for the first time at a Grand Slam. However, Badosa will be the favourite to go through, having had an incredible season, particularly on clay.