World No.22, Elena Rybakina will take on World No 32, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open on June 8.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Elena Rybakina vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|
|Date||8th June, 2021|
|Prize Money||$308,679 (INR 2,24,87,883 approx.)|
Elena Rybakina vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Preview
On the other hand, the Russian stunned outlasted two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka in the previous round. Pavlyuchenkova stuck to her guns, hitting winners and reducing her unforced errors from the back court. The 29-year-old also stunned third seed Aryna Sabalenka in the third round. She is making her quarterfinals appearance at Roland Garros for the first time since 2011. After an initial stutter in Istanbul, the Russian managed to reach the semis of Madrid, before entering the 2021 French Open. Pavlyuchenkova will now eye her maiden semifinal at a Grand Slam given that the bottom half of the draw in Paris is widely opened after the exit of several top-ranked players.
On the other hand, Rybakina stunned 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the previous round, en-route to her first ever quarterfinal appearance at a Major. The 21-year-old outhit the American star from the backcourt, showing no signs of nerves. Although the Kazak player didn’t have positive results before coming to Paris, she has surprised everyone with her game. In fact, she is yet to drop a set in this tournament. Given her recent form and confidence, it will be no easy task for her experienced Russian opponent in the quarterfinals.
Elena Rybakina vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Head to Head
These two have never met on the tour before.
Elena Rybakina vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Prediction
The Russian has been showing amazing consistency off both wings throughout the Open. She was impressive in hammering close to 50 winners against a quality opponent in Victoria Azarenka in the last round. Meanwhile, the Kazak player used her serve to good effect against Serena. Given the close match up, we should see a three-setter in this contest, with Pavlyuchenkova edging her opponent to progress into the semis.
Match Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova should win in three sets.