Amanda Anisimova‘s improbable French Open run ended at the hands of Ashleigh Barty in Friday’s semifinals.
The eighth seed Australian ousted the unseeded, 17-year-old American 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to reach Saturday’s final against Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
Anisimova lost 17 of the first 18 points against Barty, the highest-ranked player in the last four. Down 5-0, she saved two set points and won six straight games. She then won 17 straight points between the tiebreak and the first three games of the second set.
Then, Barty won six straight games to even a match that included light rain and 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts. Barty won another four straight games in the third set en route to her first Grand Slam final.
“I was kind of, like, frozen and I couldn’t really get into my game,” at the start of the match, Anisimova said. “But at the end of the day, I did make it to the semifinals for the first time. So, I mean, it’s a positive week for me.”
Anisimova, already the first player born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam fourth round, quarterfinal and semifinal, was trying to become the youngest American into a Grand Slam final since Venus Williams at the 1997 U.S. Open.
Anisimova, the 2016 French Open junior runner-up and 2017 U.S. Open junior champion, entered the tournament with 100-to-1 odds to win. She made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2017 French Open as a 15-year-old.
Vondrousova, an unseeded 19-year-old, beat No. 26 Jo Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the other semifinal. Both matches were played a day late due to rain postponing Wednesday’s matches.
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