French Open Day 14 Women's Tips: Barty slight favourite to lift trophy

Ashleigh Barty plays a forehand during her ladies singles fourth round match

Barty, who quit tennis in 2014 and played cricket while spending two years off the pro tour, beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3 in the French Open final.

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.

Barty took a topsy-turvy three setter against Amanda Anisimova, and deserves credit for the way she bounced back from a disastrous first set.

Barty was immediately broken in the second set and faced the prospect of losing to a player who is yet to turn 18.

"Over the last three years Ash has worked hard to get to this position and deserves every success that comes her way", said Barty's proud father.

"At the end of the day, I did make it to the semifinals for the first time".

The 19-year-old hasn't lost a set or played on Philippe Chatrier yet, due to unusual semifinal scheduling on Friday. I'm a tennis player through and through.

Anisimova was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey on August 31, 2001 to her parents Olga and Konstantin.

While Barty's folks will have to wait to reunite with Australia's first grand slam finalist in nearly eight years, the Queenslander won't be lacking support when she bids to have her name etched on the famed Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen.

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However, in a ideal 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. "I felt", Barty said, "like I was in control".

"It's incredible even though I'm obviously upset I lost, because I'm always upset if I lose, because it's disappointing", Anisimova said.

Vondrousova, ranked just 38th, reached her first major final by overcoming a shaky start in each set and eliminating No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain 7-5, 7-6 (2).

The advantage swiftly became 5-0 before Anisimova belatedly found her range, her much-vaunted double-handed backhand finally beginning to fire. Already the first tennis player born in the 2000s to get to a Slam quarterfinal, she is now the youngest U.S. woman into the semis at Roland Garros since Jennifer Capriati was 14 in 1990.

Moments later, with Anisimova serving at 15-40, Barty held two sets points. Anisimova took six consecutive games. Because rain washed out all play Wednesday, the women's semifinals - normally Thursday, one after another in the main stadium - will be played simultaneously on the second- and third-largest courts Friday morning.

The Roland Garros women's final is scheduled to be played on Saturday, June 8 with the men's final scheduled to be played on Sunday, June 9.

"I just miss that a little bit, travelling".

"Now that we're here, it's about enjoying it, embracing it, and having fun".

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