Taking control of rallies early on
During her run to the semi-finals, Pavlyuchenkova has faced several hard servers, such as Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina.
Zidansek relies on her variety and her court sense much more than her power, so Pavlyuchenkova will have to adapt, remain consistent and use her first serve and return to earn the advantage in rallies.
She may have to display a tad more shot tolerance to consistently win points against the Slovenian, who used to be a youth snowboarder and is an athletic mover on the clay.
Pavlyuchenkova’s ticket to the last four has been punched with steady, stingy play - she has hit 155 winners against 118 unforced errors, which is much cleaner than Zidansek’s stat line of 154 winners against 160 unforced errors.
The Russian says her coach and brother, Aleksandr Pavlyuchenkov, is helping her approach to point-building in Paris.
“We were talking a bit, he teaches me how to play smarter, to read the game," Pavlyuchenkova said on Tuesday.
To have success on Thursday, the Russian will need to continue that positive trend in her game.