U.S. sensation makes French Open history

Anisimova offers thrilling glimpse of the future

Anisimova offers thrilling glimpse of the futureReuters

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S.in three sets 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019.

By advancing to the semifinals of the French Open, she became the first player born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

Barty is one of three of the four semi-finalists who have never been at this stage in a Grand Slam before in their careers.

With Ashleigh Barty also defeating Madison Keys, none of the remaining four women has ever reached a Grand Slam final before.

This match was fitting for what has been a wildly unpredictable women's tournament but ultimately it was Barty who steadied her nerves in time to clinch a 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3 victory and set up a clash with 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.

Barty takes on 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova today in the semi-final at Roland Garros today (10am).

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"It's incredible", she said. I felt really good (Thursday), like healthy, because early in the rounds I didn't really feel good. Ashleigh was the only player on the court in the first five games, dropping only three points and forging a 5-0 advantage with a backhand victor after only 12 minutes!

"I just played the best tennis of my life".

"Well", said Halep, who was seeded third, "nothing surprises me anymore in tennis". Although that level wasn't there today for the whole match necessarily, it was there when I needed it.

The WTA said the decision, taken after Wednesday's play was washed out and prompted by fears of more rain on Friday, was "unfair and inappropriate".

She's already a true champion, and this week we need one.

The two men's semifinal matches, the first between defending champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and the second involving World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against Dominic Thiem, would both go on Court Philippe Chatrier - Stade Roland Garros's largest show court - as originally scheduled, with the Nadal versus Federer match leading off play at 12:50 p.m. followed by the Djokovic-Thiem match. Vaidisova was 17 years and 15 days old when she reached the semifinals 13 years ago. "And even if she doesn't hit strong like with a lot of power, she hits it very long, very deep, with good depth, and it's tough to return the balls".

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