Ash Barty has powered her way into her first grand slam semi-final after defeating America’s Madison Keys in straight sets at the 2019 French Open, otherwise officially known as the Roland Garros. She is now only two wins away from becoming Australia’s first French Open singles champion since Margaret Court in 1973.

The world No. 8 defeated the world No. 14 in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, in just over an hour.

“The whole match it was very close, there was not much in it at all,” Barty said in her post-match interview. “I took my opportunity in the first set. It’s been amazing. I felt like I played great tennis and I’m really happy to go through.”

Barty will take on American teenager (!!!) Amanda Anisimova (currently unseeded) in the semi-final. And by teenager, I mean 17-years-old. What a bloody gun.

“Anisimova has been playing some great tennis, to reach a semi-final you must be doing the right things,” Barty continued. “It’s an exciting opportunity for both of us and we will both enjoy it tomorrow.”

Anisimova knocked out defending champion, Simona Halep, in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Johanna Konta (World No. 26) and Markéta Vondroušová round up the women’s final four.

In other exciting news, the GOAT Roger Federer (World No. 3) will take on the other GOAT Rafael Nadal (World No. 2) in the men’s semi-final tomorrow. This will be their 39th clash but since we’re on clay here… there’s a very, very good chance Rafa’s going to take the win. But, as Federer said in a recent interview: “You just never know.” 

Source: Nine's Wide World of Sports
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