Ashleigh Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

Amanda Anisimova of the USA reacts after winning against Simona Halep of Romania during their women?s quarter final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris France 06 June 2019. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Gar

Amanda Anisimova destroyed the tournament favourite in just 68 minutes Credit REX

Ash Barty reached her first Grand Slam final after ending American 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova's run in a nerve-ridden semi-final at Roland Garros.

"I said to my team at the start of the year I was just anxious about falling over, and I can successfully say that we got to the end of the clay court season and I did not fall over once". Their combined ages were the lowest in a major championship match since Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina met in the 2008 French Open championship. From there, Anisimova began playing the way she did in her quarterfinal upset of defending champion Simona Halep - and Barty suddenly lost her way.

She won just one point in the opening four games as Barty broke twice - the second courtesy of a delicious drop shot - to establish a 4-0 lead inside 15 minutes.

After a rocky start which saw Ms Anisimova take out the first set 6-7 (7-4) in a tiebreak, Ms Barty came back strong to win the remaining two sets 6-3 6-3.

World No. 8 Barty looked to be recovering in the middle of the second set, levelling the score to 3-3 after losing the first couple of games.

Anisimova was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey on August 31, 2001 to her parents Olga and Konstantin. The French Open is always unpredictable in the women's draw, with - including Saturday - seven first-time major champions in the last 10 tournaments, and 10 different winners in the last 12 tournaments.

"It's a special place for Australians here".

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. Vondrousova won the match in two sets 7-5, 7-6 (7-2). But I know I'm capable of doing a lot, and I know I can play very well. "I played a ideal match today, I was very nervous starting out".

Tennis. It's just not cricket.

The 17-year-old will face Ashleigh Barty in the semifinal on Friday. Even though Barty needed six match points to close things, she did, indeed, finish the job. Marketa Vondrousova is yet to win a set against Ashleigh Barty.

In a rematch of last year's final, the Ottawa native and Mate Pavic of Croatia lost 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Latisha Chan of Taiwan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia on Friday.

I have little doubt that commentators will discuss the head to head record between the duo, which Barty leads 2-0, both in straight sets, but there really isn't any relevance to the match-up here.

"Now that we're here, it's about enjoying it, embracing it, and having fun". "So what I have to do today is not think about if it's incredible". It's an opportunity to be in a Grand Slam semifinal.

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