French Open semi-finals preview & predictions: Swiatek-Podoroska & Kvitova-Kenin

After battling through chilly, blustery and rainy conditions, four women stand tall in the French Open semi-finals.

It’s been a remarkable tournament in so many ways.

This event will set the record for the fewest number of matches (4) between seeds at a 32-seed Grand Slam (half of the eight matches at the 2016 Australian Open) and there have been upsets galore.

But despite many of the big names tumbling, there are still two high-quality semi-finals for viewers to dive into on Thursday.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek will face Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the first match on Philippe-Chatrier before Petra Kvitova faces Sofia Kenin.

Here we take a look at both matches and predict who will line-up in Saturday’s final…

Iga Swiatek vs Nadia Podoroska

In the top half of the draw, two players ranked outside the top-50 will meet.

Swiatek, the 19-year-old from Poland, is responsible for dismantling the top seet Simona Halep – for the loss of three games – while she has also dumped out last year’s runner-up Marketa Vondrousova – also for the loss of the games.

Given the lack of French Open-winning nous left in the quarter-final draw, and the fact she was yet to drop a set, Swiatek was installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to lift the title – a particularly impressive feat given Slam winners Petra Kvitova and Sofia Kenin were still part of the field.

Blessed with raw power and delightful touch, Swiatek – who is also in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with American partner Nicole Melichar – has long been tipped as a player with a big future and her time could well be now.

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