Battling Barty holds off Anisimova to reach French Open final

Amanda Anisimova of the United States celebrates her victory against Simona Halep

On the other hand, Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old stunned the defending champion, Simona Halep to reach the semifinals of the French Open 2019.

Barty looked on course to win the last five games of the match, as she held 0-40 on Anisimova's serve in the eighth game, but the teenager made one last stand after almost two hours of play.

Barty is one of three of the four semi-finalists who have never been at this stage in a Grand Slam before in their careers. Even though Barty needed six match points to close things, she did, indeed, finish the job.

Landing only 52% of the first serve in, Barty had to work hard in her service games, losing 42% of the points and suffering five breaks from eight opportunities given to Amanda.

Anisimova started to spray more errors and Ashleigh was ready to punish every single one of those, breaking in games five, seven and nine to seize the control and become the favorite ahead of the decider.

"It's opened up in a seeding regard", she said. I kind of struggled with her game, so she just outplayed me basically. It's the first time the top four men's seeds are the last four standing at a major tournament since the 2013 Australian Open. She went on to play college tennis - which involved the family moving from New Jersey to Florida - but all the while young Amanda, who was born in the USA, was showing signs she was plotting a path to the very top. Although that level wasn't there today for the whole match necessarily, it was there when I needed it.

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"I feel like I have played some really good tennis, some consistent tennis".

This year, the women's semi-finals matches were scheduled to be played on the main show court, the 15,225-capacity Court Philippe Chatrier, on Thursday. At 17 years and 10 months old, she is also the youngest American to a Grand Slam semifinal since Venus Williams did it at the 1997 U.S. Open when she was 17 years and two months old. Both women are making their first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

"I knew that she's going to play very well, but she played great today", Halep said, disappointed but full of admiration.

The tournament director's office announced that the Ashleigh Barty versus Amanda Anisimova semifinal would begin at 11 a.m. and be played on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

"It was cold and windy and I can't wait to enjoy it, it's been an fantastic journey I have been on and I can't wait until tomorrow".

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