Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marketa Vondrousova edges Johana Konta to reach final — WTA Roland Garros

Marketa Vondrousova edges Johana Konta to reach final — WTA Roland Garros

Teenage sensation Amanda Anisimova stands in the way of Ashleigh Barty's quest for a maiden grand slam final appearance when the pair meet on in the French Open semi-final on Friday.

And if she can defeat unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova she'll become the fourth Aussie woman to win the French Open, alongside one of her idols Evonne Goolagong Cawley in addition to a new ranking of No.2 in the world.

The 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova is playing her ninth Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros, heading to Paris with six wins.

The 17-year-old acknowledged she was "frozen" in the early stages of the match as she trailed 5-0, before rallying spectacularly to take the opening set and move a break in front in the second.

The young tennis star, who now holds 51st place in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, has become the youngest female US player to reach semi-finals in a Grand Slam championship since Venus Williams took second place in the 1997 US Open. "And getting the opportunity to play against Simona, that's incredible, but how it ended is even crazier to me". I wasn't really changing anything in my practices, because I was just trying to trust that everything I was doing was going to pay off, I just had to keep doing it.

Vondrousova is the most unknown of the semifinalists.

"He struggled a little bit into being Australia's top amateur into a professional and he understood what Ash was talking to them about and how she felt", Woodbridge said.

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The Queenslander took a two-year break from tennis between 2014 and 2016 to try her luck with cricket, where she represented Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League. Her older sister Maria played college tennis at Penn.

Barty, who is the highest-ranked remaining female player in the competition, fought back hard smashing through the next few games to claim the second set 6-3.

Anisimova has always been tipped for big things, reaching the juniors final in Paris three years ago at the age of 14, before winning the US Open girls' title in 2017.

"To be honest, I think the way it looks probably speaks for itself more than anything". I think she's able to hit more angles than Davenport, but otherwise she's always unsafe whenever she hits the ball. I'm just really looking forward (to it). Already the first tennis player born in the 2000s to get to a Slam quarterfinal, she is now the youngest United States woman into the semis at Roland Garros since Jennifer Capriati was 14 in 1990.

Barty has had plenty of support from all corners of the globe on her meteoric rise to the French Open final, but two supporters she'll have to do without on Saturday are her parents, who will have just landed in the United Kingdom ahead of the grass-court season.

"She's a lot like the former legends of our game".

Barty is about to crack the Top 5, but Friday will be her first-ever major semifinal appearance. "I'm going to prepare for it and see how it goes".

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