Barty ends Anisimova's run to reach French Open final

The Frenchwoman reached her second final in the women's doubles at the Roland Garros, this time along Timea Babos, after winning in 2016 with Caroline Garcia. She went into the finale trying to become the first teenage Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova won the US Open in 2006. - Nadal in the 2008 French Open title match. The Czech youngster settled into her serve games, but it was Barty who was first to championship point at 5-3, reversing a 40-15 deficit to capture the title off a triumphant overhead putaway.

"I'm really excited about the grass season", said the American. Anisimova or Vondrousova could each become the first teenager since Iva Majoli in 1997 to win the French Open, where the slow clay courts require patience from shot to shot, the movement and endurance to get to ball after ball, the smarts to construct points.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty and American Amanda Anisimova contested their semi-final on the second-ranked Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Anisimova is the younger daughter of Olga and Konstantin Anisimov, who moved from Russian Federation to the U.S. shortly before she was born.

While this was not the final many would have predicted, it was a meeting between two of the most in-form players of 2019. Barty's agent Nikki Craig has made a mad dash from Australia to France to be courtside on Saturday night.

"By scheduling a women's semi-final on Court Philippe Chatrier, there would have been high probability that the first men's semi-final will start late, with the risk that the second semi-final cannot be completed and that this goes against sport equity".

Rasheed said Barty has stayed grounded through her meteoric rise in the sport. My job is to come here and entertain people, and I feel I did that.

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic screams after scoring a point against Britain's Johanna Konta during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019.

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Born to Russian parents who emigrated to the USA in 1998, Anisimova started to play tennis when she was just three.

The 23-year-old lost the first set 6-7 (4-7) but rallied to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final.

Credit Barty for digging deep but it was all too easy for the Australian as she promptly won six games on the trot to level the match. In a long drawn second game of the second set, having already dropped serve, Vondrousova dug in.

According to Oddschecker, Barty is 4/6 to win the match, while Vondrousova is a 24/17 outsider.

"I just miss that a little bit, travelling".

"Hopefully we can continue to create those opportunities and let kids know that this is an option for a career and they can enjoy it".

"I think it's what I was born to do".

Fast-forward four years and she is on the cusp of joining the list of illustrious Czech Grand Slam champions.

  • Lawrence Cooper