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WTA Roland Garros: Ashleigh Barty topples Amanda Anisimova in three sets

11 June, 2019, 07:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Ash Barty reached her first Grand Slam final after ending American 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova's run in a nerve-ridden semi-final at Roland Garros.

The eighth-seeded Barty, the first Australian woman to play a final here since Sam Stosur in 2010, will take on Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday. Barty advanced with a solid 6-3, 7-5 win over Keys that included a mix of slice and topspin in her repertoire, while Anisimova finished off Halep, 6-2, 6-4, with a demonstrative backhand victor down the line a minute earlier to become the youngest Roland Garros semifinalist since Nicole Vaidisova in 2006 - and, just as incredible, she hasn't lost a set during her fortnight run.

Barty, who was the highest ranked woman in the last four, has only dropped one set all tournament and looked to be in cruise control, dropping just one point in the first four games and storming to a 5-0 lead. The Australian rallied to take the second set, and then once again came from a break down in the decider as she sealed a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 53 minutes.

"I'm just proud of myself the way I was able to fight and scrap and hang in there and find a way", she said, "when I kind of threw away that first set".

Not ready to quit, Anisimova broke to lead 2-1 and had just fended off three break points when, at deuce, her coach signaled from the stands that play should stop because the rain picked up.

Anisimova reached the fourth round of the Australian Open this year, but won her first career WTA title on clay in Bogota, beating Barty's Australian compatriot Astra Sharma in the process.

The set went on till the tie-breaker, where Amanda Anisimova earned a mini-break at 6-4, serving for the set with 2 set points in hand.

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In just the beginning of her career, young American teen Amanda Anisimova shocked the former World No.1 tennis player Simona Halep in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros 2019. Both the players exchange a couple of breaks after Anisimova won 6 consecutive games to serve for the set. Now, in her first full season on the tour, she is powering her way up the rankings from No 87 at the start of the year to No 26 today.

"Here is honestly larger than I could well maybe ever have requested for", she stated. After Roland Garros, next week she will make her Top 5 singles debut. She double-faulted twice in the opening game while ceding the first 10 points, and faced three set points down 5-3.

Soon after Thursday's simultaneously-played French Open women's quarterfinals were completed, Friday's order of play was issued by Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget.

Konta, the only member of the women's final four with previous Grand Slam semifinal experience, is now 0-3 in that round at majors.

"She's a tricky player", Konta said. At the same time, the other semifinal between Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova would be held on Court Simonne Mathieu.

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