Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Barty's parents to miss the Paris party

Barty's parents to miss the Paris party

The women's final started about 1 1/2 hours later than scheduled because it followed the resumption of Dominic Thiem's 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic in the men's semifinals, a match suspended Friday evening because of rain. Already the first tennis player born in the 2000s to get to a Slam quarterfinal, she is now the youngest USA woman into the semis at Roland Garros since Jennifer Capriati was 14 in 1990.

There was drama aplenty in the semi-finals in the women's singles at the French Open on Friday with our pick, Marketa Vondrousouva, grabbing an underdog victor for us.

The other semifinal is No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

It is the first Grand Slam final for both Barty and Vondrousova.

Konta was the aggressor throughout but Vondrousova, whose variety, including feather-light touch on the drop shot, has won her many fans at Roland Garros over the past two weeks, kept asking questions.

Anisimova, who had knocked out defending champion Simona Halep in the previous round, rallied from 5-0 down to take the opening set and open a 3-0 lead in the second, only for the momentum to shift again in favor of Barty. "It's just been an fantastic journey that I've been on".

Barty hadn't even been past the fourth round in her first 17 Slam appearances before getting to the quarterfinals in front of a supportive home crowd at the Australian Open in January.

"It's wonderful. I never imagined this".

Konta, who has lost all three of her Grand Slam semi-finals, will rue missed opportunities, but praised her wily opponent. "It doesn't really matter which court I play on", said Barty, the world No.8. After using her slice backhand, topspin forehand and kick serve to do just that to Vondrousova, she called it a "kind of "Ash Barty brand" of tennis".

The tension got the better of the Czech early on, as she double faulted to gift Barty two break points, before firing long to put her opponent 2-0 ahead. "Even though I didn't get the win today, I'm really happy with everything".

"That's what I would do nine times out of 10". There were South American tournaments that I remember and I had good memories there.

Barty will rise to number two in the world rankings following her triumph at Roland Garros.

Australians like nothing better than a battler and, win or lose, Barty's surprise bid for the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen is sure to knock even their beloved cricketers, now defending their World Cup title in England, off the back pages.

Nineteen-year-old Marketa Vondrousova is the first teenage finalist at the French Open in more than a decade.

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