PARIS — Ash Barty reached her first Grand Slam final by steadying herself to beat American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in the French Open semifinals on a windy, rainy Friday.
“I played some really good tennis. I played some pretty awful tennis,” said Barty, 23, who lost the first set despite winning 17 of the first 18 points. “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.”
After ending the run by Anisimova, 17, Barty next faces another unseeded teen for the championship Saturday: Marketa Vondrousova, 19.
Vondrousova reached her first major final by overcoming a shaky start in each set and eliminating No. 26 Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Vondrousova has not dropped a set in the tournament and can become the first teenager to win the French Open since Iva Majoli in 1997.
“Best week of my life so far,” Vondrousova said. “I’m just very happy with everything.”
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In the men’s semifinals, Rafael Nadal made quick work of Roger Federer in their first meeting at Roland Garros since 2011, rolling 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
“He makes you feel uncomfortable the way he defends the court and plays on clay,” Federer said. “There is nobody who even plays remotely close to him. I don’t even know who I need to go search for, to go practice with somebody who plays like him. I was thinking that during the match.”
The second semifinal, between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Dominic Thiem, was suspended because of rain with Thiem leading 6-2, 3-6, 3-1. About 45 minutes later, officials announced the match would resume Saturday. That means whoever wins would be competing for a fourth day in a row in the final against a well-rested Nadal.
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