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Barty, Vondrousova win to set up French Open final clash

tennis2American teenager Amanda Anisimova’s run at the French Open came to an end after a semifinal loss to Australian Ashleigh Barty on Friday.

The 17-year-old, who stunned French Open defending champion Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday, had become the youngest American woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since the 1997 U.S. Open, when Venus Williams reached the final.

But Barty, the highest-seeded player remaining at No. 8, recovered after losing the first set to win 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

In the final, Barty will face another teen in unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova, 19, who beat No. 26 seed Johanna Konta of Britain 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the other semifinal.

It will be the first Grand Slam title for either player. Barty has beaten Vondrousova both times they’ve met previously.

“I’m just proud of myself the way I was able to fight and scrap and hang in there and find a way when I kind of threw away that first set,” said Barty, who led 5-0, 40-15 before letting it slip away.

“I played some really good tennis. I played some pretty awful tennis,” Barty said. “At the end of the day, I think I was able to scrap and fight and find a way to keep competing. That’s probably the best part that came out of today.”

Anisimova kept the pressure on, jumping ahead 3-0 in the second set before Barty reeled off six straight games to force a third set.

“I started off pretty rough,” Anisimova said. “I mean, I was kind of frozen and I couldn’t really get into my game. When I was down 5-0, I just tried to keep the ball in the court, and then I went up in that set.

“I was just trying to do the same thing I was doing, but she just stayed consistent, and it was just really tough. I kind of struggled with her game, so she just outplayed me basically.”

–Field Level Media

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