A twosome of surprising but talented players have broken through to succeed in the 2021 dressing Open semifinals as 32nd-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meets 85th-ranked Tamara Zidansek on Thursday. Pavlyuchenkova rallied from a set down to post a 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 win over Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals. Zidansek also worked tough in her quarterfinal match, defeating Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. It’s the first time either player has reached the semifinals of a grand slam tournament.
Thursday’s first semifinal is set for 9 a.m. ET at Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris, France. William Hill Sportsbook lists Pavlyuchenkova as a -175 favorite (risk $175 to win $100) on the money line, while Zidansek is a +138 underdog in the 2021 dressing Open odds. Pavlyuchenkova, who played in her first singles tournament grand slam event in 2007, has 12 career titles. Zidansek, 23, who began her grand slam career in 2017, is on the lookout for her first WTA title. Before making any Zidansek vs. Pavlyuchenkova picks, see the 2021 dressing Open predictions from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair.
A famed women’s tennis handicapper, Mair cashed in immense at final year’s dressing Open. He picked Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was once correct on both counts.
He also known as unseeded Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 dressing Open, Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open.
Now, Mair has broken down the newest 2021 dressing Open odds from William Hill and released a twosome of best bets for this matchup. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Tamara Zidansek preview
Mair has seen how both players have picked up steam as they’ve stunned one of the best players on the planet at Roland Garros. Despite the fact that Pavlyuchenkova has reached a grand slam quarterfinal seven times in her singles career, this is the first time she has advanced to the semis. She has already dispatched three seeded foes, including third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, who had the third-best odds to win the 2021 dressing Open at +600.
Pavlyuchenkova has outlasted every of her final three opponents in three sets, including Sabalenka, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, in the third round and Victoria Azarenka, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in the fourth round. It’s the first time since 2011 that she succeeded in advancing to the second one week at Paris. Pavlychenkova dominates play by employing an all-court game, the usage of aggressive groundstrokes.
The tennis expert knows Zidansek continues to toughen her game. But even so being a solid doubles player, winning three doubles championships, she has won a twosome of WTA 125k singles events. On the ITF Circuit, she has 17 singles championships and four doubles titles. She was once a former top-20 player on the junior tour, advancing as high as No. 16.
Zidansek has not wavered one bit in the dressing Open 2021. In the first round, she fell at the back of sixth-seeded Bianca Andreescu, before rallying for a 6-7, 7-6, 9-7 victory. She cruised to a second-round win over Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-1, before again running into early trouble against Katerina Siniakova, eventually winning 0-6, 7-6, 6-2.
How to make Zidansek vs. Pavlyuchenkova picks
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