French Open 2021 Day 12: Women’s Schedule and Predictions for Maria Sakkari, Mixed Doubles Finals and Others

Published 06/09/2021, 11:36 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari reacts during her quarter final match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The French Open 2021 has kept up with every expectation of tennis fans in the last 11 days. But it is on the 12th day at Roland-Garros where some players would realize their most significant win.

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So far, the women’s side on the Parisian clay has been the most unpredictable. Down to the last four, only two seeds remain in the tournament, that is, the 17th seed Maria Sakkari and 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021, Greece’s Maria Sakkari reacts during her quarter final match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Another scintillating surprise came from Russians Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev, who participated in the mixed doubles category. The duo will play for the title on the 12th day against Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury. It would be the first match of the day, according to the tournament’s schedule for tomorrow.

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Notably, all four women singles’ semifinalists have reached such a stage in a major tournament for the first time. Moreover, it would be the sixth consecutive year where Roland-Garros will have a new women’s singles champion.

Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev vs. Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury: Mixed Doubles final

The 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles champion Elena Vesnina partnered with Aslan Karatsev for the first time. While it is the fourth final for Vesnina, including Australia, it is the maiden Slam final for Karatsev.

On the other side, Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury reached the mixed doubles semifinal at the Happy Slam this year. Thus, they would aim to go all the way this time.

But comparatively, the Russians carry extensive firepower to bring the trophy home. It will be interesting how the two pairs do under the pressure of a Grand Slam final.

Prediction: Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev to win in straight sets.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Tamara Zidansek: French Open 2021 Women’s singles SF

The 29-year-old Russian will battle the 23-year-old Slovenian Zidansek to qualify for the French Open 2021 final. She upset favorites Aryan Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka on her way up.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action during her quarter final match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Similarly, the young Slovenian also had to overcome big names in the tournament. She took down 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the first round.

Conclusively, the experienced will challenge the young aspirant at Roland-Garros. Only one of the two will have one hand on the trophy.

Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win in three sets.

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Maria Sakkari vs. Barbara Krejcikova

Krejcikova earned wins over Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, and Coco Gauff. That is why she is also the biggest threat to Sakkari’s chances this year.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

However, the Greek professional dismissed both defending champion Iga Swiatek and last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin. Hence, she is one of the most favorite for the title now.

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Undoubtedly, it would be the match of the day. The winner would have an excellent chance for the Roland-Garros 2021 trophy.

Prediction: Sakkari to win in two sets.

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Fans are at the edge of their seat to see who remains further in the tournament. Above all, it would be a great day for tennis.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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