Ashleigh Barty books French Open final place with win over Anisimova

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Her straight-sets win against American Madison Keys in the quarter-finals means the 23 year old is now just one game away from making the final. After Barty, 26th seeded Johanna Konta and unseeded young players Anisimova and Vondrousova are leading the board. "I'm just super excited".

After having been in complete control, Barty had been blown off the court for the rest of the first set, and Anisimova proved too strong as she broke early on and consolidated for a 3-0 lead in the second set.

The final score was 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Anisimova was asked after her win against Halep if she felt nervous.

17-year-old Anisimova didn't make it easy though, fighting off an incredible five consecutive match points. Anisimova tied the set in the next game, before snatching a lead and breaking Barty's serve in the third game.

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"That's probably close to my best match that I have played on the clay", Barty told reporters post-match. Anisimova earned a third point in the set before one final attempt.

The final set was a back-and-forth battle.

She then rushed to 3-0 in the second and Barty looked cooked.

The semifinals were played in hard conditions, with drizzles that had spectators opening umbrellas, wind that reached 12 miles per hour (20 kph) and the temperature around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).

Normally, all French Open singles semifinals are held in Court Philippe Chatrier, with the women on Thursday and men on Friday.

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"I have played players similar to her that like to slice a lot". 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.

The highest-seeded player in the semifinals is No. 8 Ash Barty, the Australian who will face Anisimova.

Ms Barty is already guaranteed a minimum of $1.9 million AUD in prize money and if she wins, she will take home $3.7 million. The semifinal between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic was suspended due to rain, even though the sun was out when the announcement was made.

Amanda Anisimova of the USA reacts after missing a shot against Australia's Ashleigh Barty during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019.

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