17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who became the youngest player to reach a French Open quarterfinal in 13 years, thrashed out 2018 champion Simona Halep by 6-2, 6-4 to reach the French Open semi-finals.
The American drops her racquet to the dust as she realises she has toppled the defending champion. All four women semifinalists of the French Open 2019 are the first timers for the to the last four of Roland Garros.
Anisimova says on court after her win, “I can’t believe it. I’ve been working so hard but I can’t believe it’s paid off like this. This is more than anything I could ask for. ‘Going out here today, I know I’ve being play every day, but I knew if I wanted to win I’d have to be something different. I’m really happy with my performance because this is one of the best matches I’ve ever played,” as quoted by The Telegraph.
Here is the complete points tally of the French Open, quarter-final between Anisimova and Halep:
|52%||Win on 1st serve||64%|
|53%||Win on 2nd serve||64%|
|2/5||Net points won||4/6|
|1/7||Break points won||4/7|
|23/65||Receiving points won||26/55|
|52||Total points won||68|
Amanda Anisimova will take on another first-time slam semi-finalist in Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the last four. Barty was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over 14th seed Madison Keys, taking her second opportunity to serve out the victory.
Halep’s defeat means there is guaranteed to be a first-time slam champion come Saturday. The four semi-finalists are Johanna Konta, Ashleigh Barty and the two teenagers Marketa Vondrousova and Amanda Anisimova.