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Timea Bacsinszky vs. Jelena Ostapenko 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Ostapenko vs. Bacsinszky
Date & Time Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Ostapenko +130 / Bacsinszky -150 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko meet in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open.

Timea Bacsinszky is coming off a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Bacsinszky won 63 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Bacsinszky is coming off a match in which she won 51 percent of her return points and broke a top-20 player five times in two sets. Bacsinszky has now won 14 of her last 17 sets played and will have a legit chance to win her first grand slam title if she continues to have so much success on her return. Bacsinszky hopes to make her first career grand slam final, and this is her second grand slam semifinal appearance. Bacsinszky has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.

Jelena Ostapenko is coming off a three set win over Caroline Wozniacki that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Ostapenko won 57 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Ostapenko has now come back three times in this tournament after dropping the first set, and she's found ways to win despite a subpar serving performance and a high number of unforced errors. Ostapenko continues to go for her shots and let the ball fall where it may, which is a dangerous style of play, but it's clearly worked for the young Latvian up to this point. Ostapenko has a chance to make her first ever grand slam final at soon to be 20 years old. Ostapenko has won eight of her last nine matches on clay court.

This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.

Both of these women will be playing for their first trip to a grand slam final on their birthday, as Bacsinszky will turn 28 and Ostapenko will be 20. Movie type stuff, huh?

Bacsinszky has the experience and has actually been more consistent this tournament given that she's lost just one set and had little trouble with Wozniacki in her last match. Ostapenko never made the fourth round of a grand slam before, so you have to wonder when nerves will eventually impact her game if she’s serving for the match. Just an unreal performance from Ostapenko regardless of outcome. As for a winner, I’m going to side with Ostapenko because she is the shotmaker and is going to put a lot of pressure on Bacsinszky. If she’s hitting her spots like she has most of this tournament, there’s not much the Swiss can do.

Close match that may go three sets, but Ostapenko has the edge due to her ability to hit winners.

Pick:
Jelena Ostapenko

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