We return with the 2021 French Open Weekend Update, where we take a look at what has happened at the second Grand Slam of the year – how the big names have been performing and which underdogs made their presence known on the French clay. A lot has happened over the first week of the tournament, and the weekend wasn’t quiet, to say the least.
Here is our 2021 French Open Weekend Update; with all the information, you’ll need to keep pace with all the exciting storylines and find the right bets to place on French Open odds.
2021 French Open Daily Update – June 7th Update
ATP & WTA Betting | 2021 French Open
- When: May 30th – June 13th
- Where: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
Serena Williams is Out!
Serena Williams is still one Grand Slam short of catching up to Margaret Court’s record of 24. And we now know for sure that she won’t be reaching that goal in France.
Williams’s latest attempt for a record-equalling 24 Grand Slams came to a sudden stop on Sunday, June 6, when the 39-year-old lost (6-3, 7-5) to Elena Rybakina. This marks the fourth consecutive year when Williams failed to make it past R4 in France.
Williams won the French Open three times in her career (2002,2013, 2015) and came close to adding her fourth title in 2016, when she made it to the finals. Unfortunately, she was unable to get past Garbiñe Muguruza, who won with 7-5, 6-4 to win her career-first Grand Slam.
The American has since traveled to France four times but never made it past the fourth round. She made it to R4 in 2018, R3 in 2019, R2 in 2020, and added another R4 exit this Sunday.
By beating Williams, Rybakina is now through to the quarter-finals, where she’ll face off against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday, June 8. For Rybakina, this is her first-ever French Open quarter-finals appearance after R1 and R2 exits in 2019 and 2020.
Pavlyuchenkova has made it to the final eight once before (2011) but has since never reached past R3.
Federer Withdraws From French Open
Joining the list of big names that have exited the French Open is Roger Federer, who withdrew from the competition as a precaution to protect his body. As stated by the Swiss tennis superstar, he is unwilling to risk injuring his troublesome knee ahead of Wimbledon.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery,” said Federer.
“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court.”
The world no.8 and 20-time Grand Slam title winner has made it to the final 16, beating the likes of Denis Istomin (3-0), Marin Cilic (3-1), and Dominik Koepfer (3-1), before calling it quits ahead of his match with world no.9 Matteo Berrettini.
Federer ended his 19th French Open in R4, marking his worst placement since 2014 when he lost to Ernest Gulbis (2-3). Since reaching the semi-finals in 2005, Federer has finished worse than quarter-finals only twice, including four finals and one title from 2009.
Tamara Zidanšek Continues Her Miracle Run
Slovenian Tamara Zidanšek has made it past Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea with 7-6, 6-1 to reach her career-first Grand Slam quarter-finals. The 23-year-old is ranked world no.85 and has never made it past R2 across all Grand Slam tournaments.
Her career-best achievements in her four-year-long career include two R2 exits at the Australian Open (2019, 2020) and R2 in Wimbledon (2019). For Cirstea, this loss marks her 11th pre-quarter-finals exit – a feat she has reached only once, in 2009.
Zidanšek will now face off against world no.35 Paula Badosa on Tuesday, June 8. The two have never met before, which should make for an exciting bout, where the 2021 Madrid Open semi-finalist will hope she can be the one to stop Zidanšek en route to her first major title.