In what has been a shock semifinal line-up Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova faces Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the semifinal of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 10. Get the live streaming options of this Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tamara Zidansek match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tamara Zidansek Head to Head
The 32-ranked Pavlyuchenkova and Zidansek who was ranked 85th at the start of this competition, have never faced off in a competitive match before this.
Pavlyuchenkova in a Stunning Run of Wins
When you last made it to the quarterfinal at French Open in 2011 and possess a 9-9 record here since then, not too many would give you much of a chance of making it to the semifinal.
And when you have Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Elena Rybakina in your path, those odds lengthen considerably too. Pavlyuchenkova, however, has proved in this competition that age is just a number and past doesn’t count for a lot if the intentions are solid and preparations even more so.
Because Pavlyuchenkova was coming into this year’s French Open with a semifinal in Madrid under her belt and that had included wins over Karolina Pliskova, Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova. She had also lost to Sabalenka there.
Here, she avenged that Sabalenka, edged past Azarenka and then carved out a stunning effort against her doubles partner Rybakina, winning 6-7 (2), 6-2, 9-7 to make it to the semifinal.
In a hard-fought match lasting two hours and 35 minutes, Pavlyuchenkova fought back from a tie-breaker loss down to crush her opponent in the second to force a decider. And in the final set which topsy-turvied for a bit, it was the Russian’s first match-point in the 16th game of the set that saw her clinch the win.
She now takes an opponent who has had equally difficult.
Zidansek Improving by Leaps and Bounds
Since the Slovenia got its independence in 1991, Zidansek is the first ever player from her country to make it as far as the semifinal at a Grand Slam. More vitally, Zidansek’s previous best at a major over 14 different appearances was a second round on two separate occasions.
All of a sudden, Zidansek has made it to the semifinal, needing three hard-fought wins in the process to get there.
The first of those victories had come in the first round itself when she stunned Bianca Andreescu 9-7 in the final set, and then the Slovenian came through in another three-setter against Katerina Siniakova.
Her biggest show of strength came in the quarterfinal when Zidansek overturned 12/5 odds to get past Paula Badosa – again in a gruelling three-setter – to get to the semifinals.
She won 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 against Badosa, needing nearly two and a half hours to get past her much more fancied opponent, breaking the Spaniard eight times in the encounter. Can Zidansek now continue that same run against Pavlyuchenkova?
Pavlyuchenkova v Zidansek Prediction and Tip
This is a first Grand Slam semifinal for both players; one a 32-year-old and the other a 23-year-old. The youth of Zidansek could help her recover quicker from the kind of match that strangely both players endured in the lead-up to this one and we will back her to edge past her opponent here.