Ash Barty charges into French Open semis

Ross Houston
June 6, 2019

After an entire day's play was washed out, organizers at the French Open are optimistic that the four remaining quarterfinal matches will finally be played.

"I like her very much", former world No 3 Sabatini said. The victor will play either Johanna Konta or the remaining teenager in the women's draw, Marketa Vondrousova, who are due to play their semi-final on Friday, with rain forecast.

"I knew if I wanted to win today I would have to do something different because it wasn't going to be easy", Anisimova added. I am really pleased with my performance because this is one of the best matches I have ever played.

The defeat for third seed Halep means it has now been 12 years since the last successful title defence in Paris - Belgian Justine Henin's third straight triumph in 2007.

The other semifinal scheduled for Friday is No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Anisimova, 17, was the first player - man or woman - born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. The teenager showed signs of nerves at 4-4 but Halep failed to convert a break point and her failed efforts to get back into the contest proved costly as Anisimova wrapped it up with her 25th victor.

Halep lost 6-2 6-4 to the American 17-year-old in an hour, eight minutes at Roland Garros on Thursday.

In the fifth game of the second set Halep almost pulled out the break on a number of occasions, with a couple of errors creeping into her opponent's game.

Halep, who had thrashed 18-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth round, faced being on the wrong end of a similarly one-sided match when she fell 3-0 down in the second.

Errors started to creep in for Anisimova and after a chance to put herself in position to serve out the match arrived, she buried a forehand into the net as Halep drew level at 4-4.

Anisimova grew in confidence and punished the third seed by angling a forehand slice into the open court for her 11th victor, which sealed the first set in fine fashion.

Gabriela Sabatini is the latest tennis great to jump on the Barty bandwagon as the Queenslander chases Roland Garros redemption and a spot in the semi-finals.

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