Timea Bacsinszky and Alison Van Uytvanck are in the quarterfinals of the French Open? That’s a relief as tennis fans and bettors get a respite from the top dogs of women’s singles tennis.
Bacsinszky punched her way into this quarterfinal match after back-to-back upsets of Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova. Meanwhile, unseeded Van Uytvanck upset No. 32-seeded Zarina Diyas in the second round before cruising all the way into this match. Which of these two get to continue their Cinderella-like run? Read on as we breakdown this crucial match.
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Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alison Van Uytvanck Preview
Where: Paris, France
When: Wednesday, June 3, 4:00 AM ET
Line: Timea Bacsinszky (-450) vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (+325) – view all French Open lines
Betting on Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky was due for a breakout performance in her career. She won two of her three career WTA titles this season, winning back-to-back tournaments in the Monterrey and Mexico Opens. She came into the French Open with a 27-6 record on the year before tearing it up in the best Grand Slam performance of her life.
[sc:Other240banner ]The Swiss player has been dominant at Roland Garros, playing 23 or less games in a single match. She is also yet to play in a tiebreak. Bacsinszky has won at least 65 percent of her first serve points and has 29 winners over her last two matches.
Inexperience may have shown in her fourth round match against Petra Kvitova. Bacsinszky committed 29 unforced errors and seven double faults, both the most she’s made in the tournament thus far. But her quarterfinal opponent is also quite inexperienced, so she should be just fine.
The Swiss matches up well with Alison Van Uytvanck’s service game. Bacsinscky is excellent on the return, winning 48 percent of her return points in the season thus far. She has also converted 48 percent of break points, which should give her an excellent chance to pull away should she break the Belgian’s serve.
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Betting on Alison Van Uytvanck
Van Uytvanck has been excellent at Roland Garros thus far. Despite her inexperience, she’s dropped just one set throughout the tournament. But she hasn’t faced a murderer’s row of opponents in her run either. Three of her four wins at the tournament have come against unranked players.
Van Uytvanck was most impressive in her fourth round match against Andreea Mitu, playing just 16 games (the least in her 2015 French Open run). She fired off eight aces, the most she’s had in the tournament, and won 71 percent of first serve points.
What makes Van Uytvanck dangerous is her accuracy on serve. She put in 58 percent of her first serves in play in the fourth round match. The Belgian has seemingly settled in the deeper the tournament goes. She has committed just 29 unforced errors over the past two rounds after committing a total of 75 in the first two. Expect Van Uytvanck to be in her best form in this match.
Van Uytvanck has won six of her last seven matches.
Bacsinsky (-450) makes the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career.[sc:Other490banner ]
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