French Open 2021 Day 8: Women’s Schedule and Predictions for Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Others

Published 06/05/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Things are getting serious at the French Open 2021 as the matches get tough. In the fourth round of the draw, at the bottom half, there are some interesting matches to be followed on day 8, Sunday at Roland Garros. The winners of the match will make it to the quarterfinals.

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Some of the matches tomorrow will involve players like Serena Williams, Elena Rybakina, Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to name a few. All eyes will be on the matches involving Williams and Azarenka.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Serena Williams vs Elena Rybakina 

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Both, Serena Williams and Elena Rybakina will be facing each other for the first time. It will be one of the toughest challenges for the Russian-Kazakhstani player.

Although Elena has not faced a tough opponent so far, she has sailed through her matches without much difficulty. On the other hand, Serena came through with an impressive win over compatriot Danielle Collins.

Coming into Paris, both players have not played much tennis on the clay courts. Nonetheless, the 39-year-olds experience and current form should help her see through this fourth-round contest.

Prediction: Serena Williams to win in straight sets.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021, Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in action during her first round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Victoria Azarenka vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 

These athletes are familiar with each other, having played each other six times already. Although, the tie has been dominated by the Belarusian player, winning five of those matches.

Entering the fourth round, both Victoria Azarenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have registered some impressive wins, knocking out some big names.

Going by their history, they have played some intense matches, and tomorrow their match will be played at the same level. However, Azarenka will have the edge as their only two meetings went in the favor of the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to win in three sets. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tamara Zidansek vs Sorana Cirstea

Both these players will be facing each other for the first time tomorrow. It will be interesting to see as both players have found a formula to push themselves in the following round. The Romanian player will have the edge as she has won the title in Istanbul earlier this season.

Prediction: Sorana Cirstea to win in three sets.

Marketa Vondrousova vs Paula Badosa

These athletes have never played against each other. Therefore, they will have a little idea of each other’s games. Nonetheless, the Spaniard has managed to cause upsets in the past few weeks and won the Serbia Open, which will give her the upper hand moving into this match.
 
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021, Spain’s Paula Badosa in action during her third-round match against Romania’s Ana Bogdan REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
 

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Prediction: Paula Badosa to win in three sets. 
 
It will be interesting to how events turn out tomorrow. Although, after tomorrow’s matches there could be a possibility to have a quarterfinal match between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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