Women’s Semifinal Start Time, How to Watch, Live Stream, and Odds for the 2021 French Open Tennis
As uncertainty reigns supreme in the women’s competition at Roland-Garros, the French Open will produce eight different female winners in as many years.
Iga Świątek’s hopes of becoming the first woman to defend the French Open title since Justine Henin won the tournament three times in a row between 2005 and 2007 came to an end on Wednesday against Maria Sakkari of Greece.
The tournament’s No. 17 seed beat Witek 6-4, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
After the game, the 25-year-old Sakkari, the highest-ranked player left in the competition and now the bookies’ favorite, remarked, “I am dumbfounded, it is a dream come true.”
To put Sakkari’s achievement in perspective, in the French Open, Witek, the No. 8 seed, had won 22 consecutive sets.
The Greek player continued, “I couldn’t have done it without my squad and their support.” “We still have a long way to go, but today we took a giant step.”
Her three teammates semifinalists, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, Tamara Zidanek of Slovenia, and Barbora Krejková of the Czech Republic, are all making their first appearances in the final four of a Grand Slam competition.
After saving five set chances in the first round, the latter advanced to the semifinals by overcoming American phenom Coco Gauff 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
“I never believed I’d be standing here one day,” said Krejková, the world’s No. 33.
“This is already something I’ve never imagined for myself. I was having a wonderful match, and Coco is incredible—only she’s 17, it’s incredible.”
Pavlyuchenkova had to come from one set down to have the better of No. 21 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 9-7, while Zidanšek , the world No. 85, defeated Spain’s Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
Here’s all you need to know about Thursday.
French Open women’s semifinals start time
The first semifinal begins at 9 a.m. ET when Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes on Tamara Zidanšek . The exact time, however, could change depending on when the mixed doubles final, which precedes the first women’s semifinal on Court Philippe Chatrier, ends.
The second semifinal, which features Barbora Krejčíková and Maria Sakkari will follow the end of the first semifinal.
How to watch. This is a brief summary.