French Open Picks: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Francesca Schiavone Predictions
We’re down to just eight women left standing in French Open betting action, and we have two of the best out there that are going to be having at it on Tuesday morning on Court Philippe Chatrier. No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on the defending champion of this event, No. 5 Francesca Schiavone.
This is uncharted territory for Pavlyuchenkova, who has never been in the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam event. In fact, she had never even been past the third round here at the French Open, and she really never has played all that well on the clay. In a tremendous upset, the Russian survived the challenge of another Russian star, No. 3 Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round of this tournament, winning 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2. The win was arguably the biggest of her entire career, as it was a rare victory against a Top 5 rated woman on the WTA Tour. This three set match was definitely nothing new, though. Nuria Llagostera Vives pushed Pavlyuchenkova to three sets in the third round, but she was able to survive 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Thus far in this tournament, double faults have been absolutely killer to the No. 13 rated player here in Paris. She had nine in the third round and now has 20 in four matches, far too many to be able to beat a player like Schiavone.
As for the defending champ, she has now won 11 straight matches here on the clay courts of Roland Garros. This is now the fourth time in five Grand Slam events in which Schiavone has made it at least to the quarterfinals, which is really making her one of the hottest women on the tour at this point. It seems amazing that it took so many years for her to make it to this stage in her career. Schiavone is already 30 years old and will be 31 next month. This is her 11th French Open in her career, and you had to go back to 2000 before last year in which she was even a quarterfinalist. This has been a heck of a road to get to the quarters for the defending champ. She had to go through the tough Melanie Oudin in the first round and dismissed her with ease 6-0, 6-2, and she followed that up with two more easy victories in straight sets. Jelena Jankovic, who was the doubles partner for Pavlyuchenkova for this event, went down to Schiavone in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 on Court Suzanne Lenglen in the fourth round.
We are a tad surprised that Schiavone is such a short favorite. Still, we tend to believe that she is the one to beat in this event, and we wouldn’t be surprised if she makes it through this match in straight sets. Go with Schiavone -180 to dismiss another tough up and coming star on the WTA Tour.