Federer 'surprised' by schedule of French Open women's semis

Amanda Anisimova

After them, the rain broke the challenge between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, with the Austrian ahead in the third set.

Ashleigh Barty has played down the controversial decision by French Open tournament organisers to host the women's semi-finals on outside courts.

That was to take nothing away from her opponent, who played like the more experienced competitor and clinched a place in her first slam final with a typically precise backhand drop shot, winning 7-5 7-6 (2).

Amanda Anisimova smacked one last backhand victor to complete her upset of defending champion Simona Halep in the French Open quarterfinals, flung her racket and covered her mouth with both hands.

"You gave me a lesson today", Vondrousova said to Barty during the trophy ceremony at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Barty has played the final of doubles tournaments at Grand Slams and she has also won big tournaments such as the Miami Masters.

"It's been an incredible journey the last three years; it's been an incredible journey the last two weeks".

When Anisimova stretched her lead to 3-0 in the second set it appeared to be one-way traffic, only for Barty to rediscover her confidence - and her first serve - as she reeled off six straight games to level at one set all.

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Vondrousova said Barty had not let her play her game, but said the past fortnight would "change her life", adding: "Of course I'm a little bit sad now, because I lost".

"She just outplayed me, basically", Anisimova said. But showing huge grit and determination the Ipswich native came from a break down in the second and third sets to set up the biggest match of her career. She's already an awesome player and she definitely has it in her to win a Grand Slam.

"It's awesome, even though I'm obviously upset I lost, because I'm always upset if I lose". Barty's crafty game prevailed in the decider as she went 5-2 up.

The Czech teenager is now the number 38 in the world but she's sure to climb the rankings, regardless of whether she triumphs on Saturday.

She just turned 23, and yet it feels as if we've known Ashleigh Barty forever.

She was such a clean-striker that the former Queensland coach Andy Richards claimed she was good enough to play Ashes cricket for Australia. "All things considered, I was really happy with the way I responded at a set and 3-0 (down)".

Vondrousova has won more matches than any player on the WTA Tour since the Australian Open and has swept through to the final in Paris without conceding a set.

Vondrousova might be the latest off the Czech tennis production line but she is not from the same mould as the likes of hard-hitters such as Petra Kvitova or Karolina Pliskova.

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