A surprise matchup awaits when tournament long shots Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meet in the women's singles final of the 2021 French Open on Saturday. With all of the pre-tournament favorites out, a grand slam championship is now within reach for the 32nd and 33rd-ranked players in the world. The 32nd-ranked Pavlyuchenkova rolled to a 7-5, 6-3 semifinal victory over Tamara Zidansek, while Krejcikova outlasted Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in the other semi.
Saturday's championship match is slated to start at 9 a.m. ET at Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris, France. William Hill Sportsbook lists Krejcikova as a -125 favorite (risk $125 to win $100) on the money line, while Pavlyuchenkova is a +110 underdog in the latest Krejcikova vs. Pavlyuchenkova odds. Other 2021 French Open odds for the women's final include the over-under for total games listed at 21.5 and the game handicap set at Krejcikova -1.5. Before making any Pavlyuchenkova vs. Krejcikova picks, see the 2021 French Open women's final predictions and betting advice from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair.
A renowned women's tennis handicapper, Mair cashed in huge at last year's French Open. He picked Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was right on both counts.
He also called unseeded Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 French Open, Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open. Anybody who has followed him has seen some huge returns.
Now, Mair has broken down the latest 2021 French Open women's final odds from William Hill and released a pair of best bets for this matchup. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Barbora Krejcikova preview
Mair has considered that Krejcikova has made deep runs in her last two tournaments, including winning her first singles title last month at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, defeating Sorana Cristea 6-3, 6-3.
The tennis expert knows Krejcikova's baseline style has been too much for her past four opponents -- Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Cori "Coco" Gauff and Sakkari -- to overcome. Krejcikova dictated play to each, including a tidy 67-minute win over Stephens. But Mair wonders how Krejcikova reacts with a grand slam championship on the line.
Pavlyuchenkova has been the underdog for most of the tournament and has already upended three seeded opponents and a number of favorites. Her biggest victory was in the third round when she stunned one of the tournament favorites in No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. She has outlasted her last four opponents in three sets.
She has also played well on clay the past two tournaments, losing in the semifinals at Madrid to Sabalenka 6-2, 6-3. Although she was just 3-4 on clay in 2020, she has proven to be a quick study and now finds herself on the cusp of a grand slam title. This year she is winning 83 percent of her matches on clay.
How to make Krejcikova vs. Pavlyuchenkova picks
Mair has locked in his best bets, and they include confident picks on the outright winner, as well as advice on how long this final match lasts. Head to SportsLine to see his picks and analysis.
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