There should be plenty of entertaining action on semifinals day at the French Open. Remarkably enough, none of the four players left in contention have ever played in a semifinal at this level before, with this a huge opportunity for all as a result. As ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for both semifinals, including Tamara Zidansek vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. But who will book their place in the final.
French Open Semifinal Predictions
Maria Sakkari vs Barbora Krejcikova
Jim: With Maria Sakkari in such excellent form, Barbora Krejcikova looks to be facing a tall order in trying to stop the Greek here. Sakkari has arguably underperformed in the past, particularly at the Slams, but it is seems to have all come together for her this fortnight in Paris and provided she can maintain her focus after stunning Iga Swiatek, she should have enough to reach the final.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3
Yesh: Sakkari just pulled off the biggest upset of the French Open so far. She is in blistering form, and it’s hard to see Krejcikova beating her. Krejcikova is in the midst of the run of her life, but she has yet to face anyone as powerful as the Greek on the clay here.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2
Nurein: Historically, winners of the WTA 250 in Strasbourg have found it difficult to maintain their standing at Roland Garros. But Krejcikova has changed that narrative. And the one intangible asset in her arsenal right now is momentum. Sakkari has done remarkably well on her part, but the unheralded Czech is poised to make history.
Prediction: Krejcikova in 3
Jay: To say Sakkari was incredible against Swiatek would be an understatement, in fact this whole tournament thus far she’s been in amazing form, bar a small hiccup against Elise Mertens. Krejcikova on the other hand has surprised everyone with her run to the last four with never having made even the third round before. But the Czech needed a fair amount of help from teenager Cori Gauff in order to make it this far and I can’t see Sakkari letting up on this one.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2
Ryan: Both unexpected semifinalists have cruised up to this point, each dropping just one set. Krejcikova is only playing in her fifth major, but has played some great tennis this year, dominating the field on the way to winning the title in Strasbourg. Sakkari, meanwhile, has always been a tough player to beat and is finally having the breakthrough she has always seemed capable of. With no experience at this point for either player, they will have to swing freely and overcome nerves, and Sakkari’s power gives her the advantage in hitting big winners and she should have the edge.
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