World No. 17 Maria Sakkari looks to reach her first Grand Slam final when she takes on unseeded world No. 33 Barbora Krejčíková in the 2021 WTA French Open semifinals on Thursday morning.
2021 WTA French Open Semifinals
When: Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 9:15 a.m. ET
Barbora Krejčíková +140
Maria Sakkari -160
Barbora Krejčíková +2½
Maria Sakkari -2½
The 25-year-old Barbora Krejčíková has looked daunting. The 5-foot-10 Czech needed three sets to upset often-underachieving world No. 10 Karolina Pliskova in her opening round match.
Known more for her doubles play than anything else, Krejčíková then got past No. 32 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-6 in the second round before upsetting fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 in the third round.
Krejčíková kept the good times rolling by blasting American Sloane Stephens off the court 6-2, 6-0 before taking out rising young American Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 7-6 (8), 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Krejčíková fought off five set points against Gauff to win the opening set before stepping on the gas pedal to finish off her opponent with an efficient second set.
Now, up to a career No. 17 in the WTA rankings, 25-year-old Greek star Maria Sakkari ripped Katarina Zavastka 6-4, 6-1 in her opener before dispatching Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-3 in the second round. Sakkari then got past No. 14 seed Elise Mertens in a three-set thriller by taking the final set 6-2.
Sakkari bounced fourth-seeded American Sofia Kenin in the fourth round, 6-1, 6-3, before pulling off arguably the biggest win of her career by getting past defending French Open champ Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Sakkari produced five aces and hit 26 winners to end Swiatek’s 11-match winning streak in Paris. Now, Sakkari is the highest-ranked player left in what has been a roller coaster 2021 French Open on the women’s side.
Krejcikova has won both career matches against Sakkari, including a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win in Dubai earlier this year, but I’m banking on Sakkari to be full of confidence.
Sakkari has the bigger serve and groundstrokes and should be able to put Krejčíková if she maintains her composure and doesn’t make a ton of unforced errors. While Krejčíková is smart and uses angles well, the fact is Sakkari is the more talented player with bigger and more dangerous weapons.
I’m going with the higher Sakkari to get it done as the slight favorite and I love the Over 21½ total game odds as well.