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Barty, Marketa in French Open final

Barty, Marketa in French Open final
Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova
Paris, Jun 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:56:49 PM IST

Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova set-up a Roland Garros final showdown on Friday, shrugging off a sexism row which had seen their semi-finals shifted away from the tournament’s showpiece court.

Barty reached her first final at the majors, coming back from a set and 0-3 down to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in a rollercoaster semi-final.
Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova also made sure of her place in a maiden final at the Slams by edging out Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (7/2).
Vondrousova is the first teenager in a Paris final since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.
Eighth seed Barty, 23, is the first Australian in a French Open final since Samantha Stosur finished runner-up in 2010.
Barty, 23, raced into a 4-0 lead with successive breaks as Anisimova, plagued with nerves, managed just one point.
The 17-year-old saved two set points in the sixth game to finally get on the board and retrieved a break for 2-5. She broke twice again for 6-5 but faltered when she served for the set before securing the tiebreak.
Anisimova then led 3-0 in the second set, with Barty failing to win a point.
However, in a perfect capsule of the unpredictable semi-final, played out in front of a half-full Court Suzanne Lenglen, Barty claimed the next six games to level the tie.
The Australian even recovered from a break at 1-2 down in the decider.
She eventually held her nerve as Anisimova fell apart despite gamely saving five match points.
Over on a damp and windy Court Simonne Mathieu, world number 38 Vondrousova battled past 26th seed Konta who was bidding to become Britain’s first female French Open finalist since Sue Barker won the 1976 title.
The match was played in an atmosphere more associated with first-round ties rather than semi-finals - in front of a smattering of spectators on the 5 000-capacity arena.
Konta made a quick start as Vondrousova struggled with the wind and her nerves on serve - the Briton forging 5-3 ahead. 
But the 28-year-old stuttered with a one-set lead in sight, missing three set points and then being broken when serving for the opener. Vondrousova took full advantage, reeling off four straight games to make Konta pay. 
Konta gathered herself, though, and took total control of the second set with an early break, moving 5-3 in front again. But she tightened up once more when the pressure was on, dropping serve when one game from forcing a decider in a downpour of errors. 
With light rain falling on Roland Garros, Vondrousova sealed victory by racing through the tie-break and into the final.
Rafael Nadal through to final
Rafael Nadal reached the French Open final for the third time in a row, and a record extending 12th overall, with a straight set win over arch-rival Roger Federer. The Spaniard beat the Swiss legend 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
While Federer was playing the French Open for the first time since the 2015 edition, it was Nadal who re-established himself as the best player in the world on clay court after a brief slump due to injuries. 
The 11-time champion will now face either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem who will clash in the other semifinal later in the day. 
 

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