17th seed Maria Sakkari will be up against Barbora Krejcikova in the much-awaited semi-final of the French Open 2021 on Thursday. Both players are expected to give their absolute best in order to reach their maiden Grand Slam final. Among the players left in the women singles draw, Maria Sakkari is the highest-seeded.
Sakkari went past 8th seeded Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals without much hassle. Her powerful hits never allowed Swiatek to make a comeback and she won the match in straight sets by 6-4, 6-4. Moreover, the Greek tennis star has lost just one set in the French Open 2021 thus far. She would look to extend her winning by defeating Barbora Krejcikova on Thursday.
- Paris- 3:45 pm
- Delhi- 7:45 pm
- New York- 9:45 am
- Geneva- 3:45 pm
- Melbourne- 12:45 am
- London- 2:45 pm
Whereas Barbora Krejcikova, who has attained a lot of success as a doubles player, has done a magnificent job in the singles event this year. She went past 24th seeded Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals to confirm a spot in the semi-finals. She defeated the 17-year-old in single sets by 7-6, 6-3.
The Czech hasn’t lost a set since her first-round encounter against Kristyna Pliskov. Executing major upsets on her way, Krejcikova defeated 32nd seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round and 5th seed Elina Svitolina in the third round before defeating Coco Gauff.
Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari have faced each other twice in the past and both times, Krejikova has emerged victoriously. In a tournament filled with upsets, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Barbora ends up making her way into the finals.
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Barbora Krejcikova displayed immense maturity and patience in her last encounter which prevented young Coco Gauff from moving into the semis. Her confidence is sky high and if she continues to move around as well as she has till now, Maria Sakkari might be in for a real challenge.