World number 21 Elena Ryabinka’s 2021 French Open journey came to an end as she was handed a defeat by 31-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday. The match ended 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 in favor of the latter. On the other hand, Tamara Zidansek made it to the semi-finals of the tournament after a victory against Spaniard Paula Badosa Gilbert. Zidansek won the match 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. Both the matches were highly competitive and the victors will gain a large boost of confidence heading into the last eight of the competition. Ryabinka’s loss might come as a shock to some, considering she is ranked 10 places higher than her opponent, but Pavlyuchenkova has been in good form this season so far.
Both Ryabinka and Pavlyuchenkova scored five aces each. The former committed fewer double faults (2) than the latter (6) but that was not ultimately the deciding factor of the match. The match was a neck-and-neck affair and the stats suggest the same. Pavlyuchenkova had a slightly higher win percentage on the first serve at 69% than Ryabinka at 67%. She also held a slightly higher win percentage on the second serve at 58% than Ryabinka’s 56%.
Ryabinka managed to score only three out of her seven break points. Pavlyuchenkova on the other hand, scored double, with six break points out of 17. The Russian also won 15 service games, three more than Ryabinka’s 12.
The match between Zidansek and Badosa was also a tight affair. Both players only managed to score one ace each and Badosa conceded eight double faults. Zidansek, on the other hand, conceded only three. The Spaniard had a 58% win percentage on the first serve, slightly lower than Zidansek’s 60%. However, Badosa surprisingly had a much higher second serve win percentage (54%) than Zidansek (44%).
The two were very close in terms of break points as well. Zidansek managed to score eight out of 13 break points whereas Badosa converted seven out of 14. The Spaniard also won 10 service games, only one less than Zidansek’s 11. It might be concluded that Badosa’s excess double faults were the main reason for her loss as that is the only statistic where there is clear daylight between the two players.
Zidansek and Pavlyuchenkova will face each other in the semi-finals of the competition.