Another day, another 2021 French Open Daily Update, where we take a look at what has happened at the Stade Roland Garros, which players have impressed, which fell short, and what else of note has happened on the French clay.
So let’s get straight into our 2021 French Open Daily Update for June 8 to keep you up to date with what is happening in the second Grand Slam of the year. Let’s get right to it so you can bet and cash in against their French Open odds.
2021 French Open Daily Update – June 8th Update
ATP & WTA Betting | 2021 French Open
- When: May 30 – June 13
- Where: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
Maria Sakkari Takes Down 4th Seeded Sofia Kenin!
Another day, another upset. Well, you could argue that Maria Sakkari’s win over Sofia Kenin isn’t that big of an upset considering how well the 25-year-old has been playing. Regardless, it is a memorable moment of the 2021 French Open.
Sakkari beat fourth-seeded Kenin 2-0 with 6-1, 6-3 to secure her spot in the French Open quarter-finals, thus guaranteed herself her career-best placement in a Grand Slam tournament. In her last four trips to the French Open, Sakkari has never managed to get past R3 (2018, 2020), while she has never made it through R4 in any of her 20 Grand Slam appearances.
Kenin, on the other side, can’t be too happy with her 1/8 finals exit from the 2021 French Open, considering she reached the finals in 2020 after she has won the 2020 Australian Open. In 2021, however, Kenin hasn’t been playing as well, failing to make it through R2 in Australia earlier in the year.
Sakkari will now face world no.9 Iga Swiatek on Wednesday, June 8, for a spot in the semi-finals. It will mark her first meeting with the 20-year-old Pole and one she will be eager to win and get herself one step closer to her first Grand Slam title.
Zidanšek is Through to The Semi-Finals
Tamara Zidanšek’s unbeaten run at the French Open continues into the semi-finals, after a narrow yet convincing 2-1 victory against world no.35 Paula Badosa Gibert. Zidanšek beat the heavy favorite in just south of 2.5 hours, with 7-5, 4-6, 8-6, to secure her career-first Grand Slam semi-finals appearance.
The Slovenian tennis player entered the 2021 French Open as one of the biggest underdogs, but she quickly earned a lot of attention from the tennis world. Even reaching this stage of the competition was a massive success for the 23-year-old; however, she is now just two steps away from becoming the first female Slovenian to win the French Open since Mima Jaušovec in 1977.
Whether Zidanšek can reach the impossible is anyone’s guess, but it’s hard to doubt her ability after what is one of the most exciting underdog stories at the French Open.
Novak Djoković Needed Five Sets against Lorenzo Musetti
Novak Djoković faced elimination from the 2021 French Open in the 1/8 finals when he clashed with the world no.76 Lorenzo Musetti. The two went at it for five sets before the Italian forfeited the match and handed the Serbian tennis star a free pass into the next stage.
Musetti started that match strongly and claimed a commanding 2-0 lead with 7-6, 7-6. It wasn’t until the reigning Australian Open champion was trailing by two sets that he started to show some resistance and picked up two easy sets with 6-1, 6-0 to tie the match at 2-2.
Djoković did not show any signs of stopping in the final set and quickly gained a 4-0 lead, at which point Musetti decided to forfeit the game.
Despite the disappointing loss, the 19-year-old Italian can be proud of what he has shown in France. The youngster has reached 1/8 finals at one of the biggest tennis tournaments on the calendar, which is a massive improvement compared to two failed qualifying runs at the Australian Open.
For Djoković, it was another day at the office, as he now advances to the French Open quarter-finals for the 14th time in his career. He failed to reach this stage of the competition on French clay only twice in his career, including his debut in 2005 and later in 2009.
That was also Djoković’s last Grand Slam tournament, where he failed to reach the final eight.