As the days have gone by the seeds have fallen but women’s tennis continues to show it’s high quality throughout the rankings. Nothing is impossible in this sport and soon someone will be a first time Grans Slam finalist, but who?
Elena Rybakina (21) vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (31)
Is there added pressure on Elena as the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw? I really don’t think so at all.
Elena and Anastasia know each others’ game very well. The 29 and 21 year old played once again on Wednesday together and for the third consecutive match have won in doubles in straight seeds winning 6-4 6-3 against Schuurs and Melichar.
No matter what happens on Tuesday they will be back on the court together on Wednesday for their doubles quarter final against Pera and Linette.
Who do I think will win? I am slightly edging towards Pavlyuchenkova. It will be fascinating to see how both players react being in this situation.
Elena is soo composed and calm, nothing seems to faze her. If she has time to step in then you’re in trouble just ask Serena who fell to the ruthless and flat forehand of the 21 year old.
Anastasia likewise caused havoc for a former world number in the shape of Victoria Azarenka with her blistering forehand never give up attitude she displayed. It is her 7th major quarter final and first quarter final in Paris for 10 years, Anastasia has never been to a major semi-final and that could change…
Tamara Zidansek vs Paula Badosa
Before this week the 23 year old from Slovenia, Tamara Zidansek had only ever won 3 matches in eight appearances at Grand Slams and in two previous appearances had never won in Paris.
Four wins later including battles with Andreescu and Siniakova and Tamara who was ranked 85 in the world is into the final eight of a major for the first time.
Paula Badosa is incredible form right now, the Spaniard is the form player and was the Girls champion here in Paris six years ago.
I would love see the 23 into the semi-finals and to be honest the finals of Roland Garros and win it, but that’s a dream which could become a reality.
Paula is on a 9 match winning streak and has won 17 of her 19 matches on the clay this year.
The fight the Spaniard has shown and the intensity has been flawless, the way she dug deep against Ana Bodgan and saved match point was one of the best matches of the tournament.
This is an unknown for these two players and what an opportunity.