Halep won last year’s French Open and has been in scintillating form so far this year in Roland Garros, putting another young pretender in Swiatek to the sword in the last round. Having only lost four games in her last two matches we expect the wee terrier to dispatch the moody American teenager with relative ease.
While Anisimova has shown lots of potential she is still only 17 and in her first grand slam quarter-final she is unlikely to have experienced anything like this before. She will need more than Coach Daddy in her corner to get anywhere close to the tenacious Romanian.
Although Dominic Thiem is seen as a serious contender for any clay tournament he enters, we are not as sweet on him in Power Tower.
All three previous meetings between the two have been on hard courts, but Khachanov has taken each of them, and we think he has a great chance to do so again after beating one of the true greats of the game, Juan Martin Del Potro, in the previous round. Khachanov has a massive forehand, which was in full working order against DELPO.
Thiem dropped sets in his first three rounds of the tournament to much lesser players than Khachanov and that inconsistency could finally catch up with the mercurial Austrian. Given Thiem’s recent comments, there’s no doubt Serena will be cheering on Karen from the stands – and so should you.
The pair’s only prior meeting on clay was at Roland Garros two years ago. Keys was victorious by two sets to love that day and we feel that she can unlock Barty.
Neither player has had much of a test so far in the early rounds of the tournament and we see Keys making the step up when it matters most to reach the French Open semi-final in consecutive years.