Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari will lock horns in the semifinals of the French Open 2021 on Thursday. Both players are surprise names in the last four in Paris, and will hope to make it count this time around. The absence of any top ten ranked player in the semifinals, leaves the draw wide open, and we are certain to witness a new Grandslam champion this time around.
Barbora Krejcikova ended Coco Gauff’s run at French Open 2021, as she defeated the American in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Czech has dropped just one set so far this tournament, and is in the form of her life.
On the other hand, Maria Sakkari thrashed the defending champion and tournament favorite, Iga Swiatek in straight sets in the quarterfinals. The Greek has also dropped just one set so far, and is finally living up to her potential.
French Open 2021: Barbora Krejcikova vs Maria Sakkari Prediction
Barbora Krejcikova’s dream run in Paris started with a comeback victory against fellow countrywoman, Kristyna Pliskova in the first round. Her biggest victory came in the third round against the fifth seed, Elina Svitolina whom she defeated in straight sets. The Czech also claimed the Strasbourg Open title prior to the French Open, and is on a ten match unbeaten streak.
Maria Sakkari was not in her best form up till the French Open 2021, as she faced a couple of early round exits. The Greek has been in exceptional form in Paris, and has knocked out the defending champion and runner up of last year, in consecutive rounds. She defeated Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the last 16, followed by another comfortable victory over defending champion, Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals.
Maria Sakkari has dominated her opponents with her aggressive style of play, and is the favorite to progress into the finals. Barbora Krejcikova will be forced to play way behind the baseline, given the pace and depth on Sakkari’s forehands.
Match Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in three sets