Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barty won't let rain halt French Open run

Barty won't let rain halt French Open run

Anisimova also became the youngest from her country to reach the last four at the French Open since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

"The biggest thing I was remembering was, because I was trying to hit my backhand down the line like her, I knew everytime she was going to hit her backhand down the line".

The victor of Anisimova's clash against Barty will face either Britain's Johanna Konta or Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova in the final.

Barty was holed up in the locker room for most of Wednesday but took the delay in her stride, posting "QLDER" on Twitter after learning of her beloved Queensland's victory over NSW in the State of Origin series opener.

But to continue her stellar 2019 season, Barty must reverse a 6-3 6-2 first-round hammering at the hands of Keys two years ago - a match she would love to forget.

She has yet to drop a set through five matches over these two weeks in Paris and displayed the same brand of confident, take-it-to-the-opponent strokes against Halep.

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Women's matches open play, with defending champion Simona Halep taking on 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the Court Philippe Chatrier.

Barty's side of the draw - the top half - will now play three days in a row with the delayed quarters to be followed on Friday by the semis and then Saturday's championship match. Most impressive, perhaps, was this: Halep had won 16 consecutive return games coming into Thursday, but Anisimova saved 6 of 7 break points. She's progressing quickly now, though: Her first major quarterfinal came at home in January at the Australian Open, and now she's gone a step further.

Barty spent the rest of the day in the player lounge.

The 23-year-old from Queensland looked in control throughout and even managed to overcome a hiccup in the second set when Keys broke her as she was serving for the match. "I have had wonderful sport - it is great playing here".

Barty was asked afterward whether she was shocked that her game, seemingly built for hard courts, has been so good on slower clay.

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