This is a tournament that Bacsinszky absolutely loves! She has now made the quarters or better for the 3rd consecutive year at Roland Garros and has basically made it through unchallenged, dropping just a single set. Ostapenko has had done it tougher but has come through a trickier part of the draw. The Latvian teenager has come back from a set down on 3 occasions and done so against the likes of Stosur and Wozniacki. Ostapenko has been playing with no fear and The Wolf says her ability to move forward and put points away with her swinging volleys will really help her in this match. In terms of generating their own power and hitting winners it is Ostapenko who will be the aggressor. She has hit 195 winners to date – that’s almost 40 winners per match! She may get off to another slow start but this one will be going down to the wire.
Best: Over 21.5 games ($1.85)
Simona Halep v Karolina Pliskova
It has been 3 years since Halep made her maiden slam final in Paris and she gets another chance thanks to a remarkable come from behind win int he quarters. She was down a set and 5-2 before being forced to save a match point in the tiebreaker. The Romanian showed guts and determination to force a deciding set and she broke the spirit of Svitolina with a bagel in the third. The match will have taken a lot out of her both physically and mentally and The Wolf can see her getting on the back foot against Pliskova. Halep leads the H2H 4-1 but Pliskova has come a long way over the last 6-9 months – making the US Open final and the quarters at the Australian Open. Her game has gone to another level and she will look to use her power from the opening rally. Halep is the craftier player but The Wolf cannot ignore the Pliskova power.Best: Pliskova +4.5 ($1.91)
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