We’re back with another daily update for the ongoing 2021 French Open, where we look at what has happened on and outside of the clay courts. In today’s edition of “what’s going on at the Stade Roland Garros,” we look at commanding victories from the favorites, strong performances from outsiders, and a scandal involving Yana Sizikova and match-fixing. With all that said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep betting against their French Open odds.
2021 French Open Daily Update – June 4th Update
ATP & WTA Betting | 2021 French Open Daily Update
- When: May 30 – June 13
- Where: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
Djokovic Eases past Pablo Cuevas
World no.1 and 2020 French Open finalist Novak Djoković beat Pablo Cuevas in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-4), convincingly secured his spot in the next round.
It was another day at the office for the Serbian tennis superstar, who has reached the French Open quarter-finals in all of his last 11 trips to France. He failed to reach the last eight only twice in his career – 2005 when he retired in R2 and 2009 when Djokovic lost to Philipp Eberhard Hermann Kohlschreiber (4-6, 4-6, 4-6).
For Pablo Cuevas, this marks his second consecutive R2 exit from the French Open. In 12 starts, the Urugvaian has never managed to make it past R3, which he has reached only four times in his career.
Djokovic’s next opponent is world no.93 Ričardas Berankis, who will make his first French Open R3 appearance on Saturday, June 5. Berankis has had a very solid showing thus far on the French clay.
He has beaten world no.32 Ugo Humbert (6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4) and James Duckworth (7-5, 2-6, 7-6, 6-0). Saturday’s clash between the two will mark only their fourth meeting on the court.
Djokovic won all three of his head-to-head meetings with Berankis. That run includes a 3-0 sweep in the second round of the 2020 French Open.
Russian Yana Sizikova arrested for match-fixing
Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested at French Open by French Police due to supposed match-fixing. As revealed, the 26-year-old doubles specialist was taken into custody on Thursday night due to the ongoing investigation.
Sizikova and her compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova lost their opening doubles match earlier on Thursday against Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders. However, the arrest relates to last year’s Roland Garros.
Police revealed that the bookmakers issued alerts for unusual betting patterns during Sizikova’s first-round women’s doubles match. There she lost to Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig alongside Madison Brengle with 6-7. 4-6.
During that match, hundreds of thousands of euros were placed on a break of serve at 2-2 in set two. Sizikova lost three of the points and produced two double faults.
More information about Sizikova’s case should be available in the coming days.
Victoria Azarenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will meet on Sunday
Victoria Azarenka beat world no.24 Madison Keys with 6-2, 6-2 to secure her spot in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open. This marks Azarenka’s best placement on the French clay since 2013, when she made it to the semi-finals.
The Russian has since traveled to France five times, reaching R3 only once (2015) and failing to make it past R2 in the next four outings. For Keys, exiting in R3 improves her R1 exit in 2020, when she lost to Zhang Shuai (3-6, 6-7).
Still, Keys can’t be satisfied with her performance, considering she has reached the semi-finals in 2018 and added a quarter-finals exit in 2019.
Azarenka will face off against world no.32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Sunday, June 6. This will mark Pavlyuchenkova’s second-best run at the French Open since 2011 when she made it to the quarter-finals.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has enjoyed a very promising run through the French Open thus far. She made it past world no.95 Christina Hale (6-4, 6-0), world no.76 Ana Tomljanovic (6-2, 6-3), and the third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka (6-4, 2-6, 6-0) on Friday.
It will mark the first meeting between Azarenka and Pavlyuchenkova since they clashed in April 2019 in Monterrey, where Azarenka won 2-0. Azarenka is also 2-0 up against the Russian on clay with a 2-0 victory in Madrid in 2013 and 2-1 in Rome in 2021.
Azarenka met with Pavlyuchenkova six times across the last 12 years and lost only once, way back in 2015 when Pavlyuchenkova celebrated a 1-0 victory in Cincinnati.