As the 2021 French Open enters the Semi-Finals, we examine how the last four women standing at Roland Garros compare…
As the 2021 French Open enters the Semi-Finals, we examine how the last four women standing at Roland Garros compare from a stats perspective.
It is the first time since the 1978 Australian Open that all four remaining players are making their debuts in a Grand Slam semi-final.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Maria Sakkari, Barbora Krejcikova and Tamara Zidansek are the last four ladies standing at Roland Garros in 2021.
It may be an unexpected last-four line-up, but all four players have certainly earned the right to make it this far.
Between them, they have taken out six of the top 16 seeds including defending champion Iga Swiatek, as well as Viktoria Azarenka, Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina and Bianca Andreescu.
But those are just the bare facts. Let’s take a closer look at each semi-finalist from a statistical perspective.
Pavlyuchenkova is undoubtedly the most clinical of the four ladies remaining in the draw.
The Russian, who has dropped just three sets, has hit 155 winners in her five games so far – more than the other three players to have reached the last four – while making the least unforced errors with 118.
The 31st seed has also enjoyed a solid service game with only 16 double faults – the fewest of the four – and broken her opponent the most times with 29.
With these semi-finals likely to be tight affairs, the service games of both players will be of great importance.
Step forward Sakkari, who is aiming to become the first Grand Slam winner from Greece this week.
But despite serving the joint-most double faults with 18, the 17th seed has hit 26 aces – including nine in her third-round victory over Elise Mertens – while she has only been broken on nine occasions.
Like Sakkari, Krejcikova has only seen her serve broken nine times – the joint-best tally of the four semi-finalists.
The Czech has also recorded the joint-fewest double faults of the quartet with 16.
However, she finds herself at the bottom of the winners column having hit just 117; 26 fewer than third-place Sakkari.
The lowest-ranked player left in the competition, world number 85 Zidansek is the first Slovenian woman to reach the last four of a Slam.
Although, the statistics suggest that her service is an area in which she must seek improvement heading into the final stages of the tournament.
Zidansek has served just five aces in as many matches and committed a joint-high 18 double faults, while she has been broken 21 times.
The Slovenian also leads the way in terms of unforced errors with 160.
However on a brighter note, her tally of 154 winners is only narrowly bettered by Pavlyuchenkova, and she comfortably boasts the highest break point percentage (61 per cent) having won 27 of the 44 she has faced.