Unchallenged through an exhausting tournament, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Tamara Zidansek now find themselves just one win away from the 2021 French Open final. The two meet on Thursday at 9 ET after reaching the semifinals with hard-fought three-set victories. No. 31 seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Elena Rybakina 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Zidansek took a similar path, cutting No. 33 seeds Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
William Hill Sportsbook lists Pavlyuchenkova as a -175 favorite (risk $ 175 to win $ 100) on the money line, while Zidansek is at +138 in the odds Pavlyuchenkova vs. Zidansek. Other 2021 French Open odds for this matchup include the over-under for the total bets listed at 20.5 and the handicapped game for Pavlyuchenkova at -3.5. Before you make any Zidansek vs. Pavlyuchenkova election, see the predictions from the French Open 2021 from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair.
A famous female tennis glove, Mair earned tremendously at last year’s French Open. He chose Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in equal sets (+140) and he was right on both points.
He also called the unseen Jelena Ostenko (80-1) winning the French Open 2017, Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the US Open 2018 and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the US Open 2019.
Now, Mair has split the latest 2021 French Open odds from William Hill and released a couple of top bets for this matchup. Go to SportsLine to see them.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Tamara Zidansek preview
Mair has been shocked to see some of the best female singles players in the world fall one by one. But he is convinced that Pavlyuchenkova and Zidansek are ready for the spotlight. It will be the first time since the Australian Open in 1978 that a grand slam event will feature four first semi-finalists.
Pavlyuchenko has been an underdog for most of the tournament and has already created three seeded opponents. Her biggest win came in the third round when she sent one of the tournament favorites in No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. She has survived her last three enemies in three sets.
The tennis expert knows that she needs a similar determination when facing Zidansek. The 23-year-old reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time in his career after defeating Badosa in three sets. It also marked the first time a Slovenian female player had achieved that feat since the country gained its independence in 1991.
Zidansek is not discouraged when she has fallen behind, doing so twice – in the first round against the sixth seeded Bianca Andreescu and in the third round against Katerina Siniakova. Against Siniakova, she came close to the brink of elimination after losing the first set 6-0. She won the second set 7-6 before it was 9-7 in the third.
How to make Zidansek vs. Pavlyuchenkova election
Not only does Mair have a strong choice on the winner, he also loves a prop bet that gives a big plus-money return. Be sure see May’s selection and analysis before locking your 2021 French Open selections.
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