Amanda Anisimova stuns Simona Halep to reach French Open semi-finals

Arnold Nichols
June 12, 2019

However, it was Barty's turn to make a comeback from then on, as she won six straight games to stretch the match to a decider, and she later came from a break down in the final set to seal it. Barty forced a tiebreak, which Anisimova won.

"I played some really good tennis, I played some pretty bad tennis".

Anisimova, who had knocked out defending champion Simona Halep in the previous round, rallied from 5-0 down to take the opening set in a tiebreaker and open up a 3-0 lead in the second, only for the momentum to shift again in favour of Barty.

But Barty raced to a dominant lead in the first set, going up 5-0 in just 14 minutes.

Anisimova was asked after her win against Halep if she felt nervous. The American smashed back a return, but hit the net, losing the match 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

OK, so who out there thought a Ashleigh Barty v Marketa Vondrousova final was nailed on? Konta wasted three set points in the opener.

The tiebreak was also a see-saw contest, Barty moving 4-2 up before Anisimova scored five points in a row to take the set with a forehand victor down the line.

The semifinals were played in hard conditions, with drizzles that had spectators opening umbrellas, wind that reached 12 miles per hour (20 kph) and the temperature around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).

Because rain washed out all play Wednesday, the women's semifinals - normally Thursday, one after another in the main stadium - will be played simultaneously on the second- and third-largest courts Friday morning.

In only 68 minutes, Anisimova played aggressive tennis and in the process became the youngest French Open semi-finalist since 17 year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.

Ashleigh Barty was proud of the way she came through a "brutal" French Open semi-final despite admitting she was "pretty awful" at times against Amanda Anisimova.

The two men's semifinals - Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem - were to be played back-to-back at Chatrier.

"Her coach and her put a plan in place for this clay court season to just enjoy it".

Barty reeled off three consecutive games to take a 5-2 lead, but Anisimova wouldn't go away.

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