SHE’S DONE IT! Ash Barty is now just one step away from becoming the 2019 French Open champion after she defeated America’s Amanda Anisimova in three sets 6(4)-7(7), 6-3,6-3.
This is Barty’s first-ever grand slam final. Not to mention, if she’s victorious tomorrow then the World No. 8 will be Australia’s first Roland Garros singles champion since Margaret Court in 1973. But either way, we’re already so damn proud of her.
First Australian in the Roland-Garros Final since 2010!@ashbar96 is through, 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 over Anisimova.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2019
The match was off to a bloody brilliant start after Barty flew ahead five games to nil but be it nerves or a loss of momentum, the Queenslander found herself down one set after losing six consecutive games. In the second set, with Anisimova ahead on three games to love, it looked almost over for Barty but she fought back and eventually won the second and third set 6-3, 6-3.
17-year-old Anisimova didn’t make it easy though, fighting off an incredible five consecutive match points.
“It was a very tough match today and I’m just happy that I kept my nerves at the end,” Barty said in her post-match interview.
She will take on unseeded Czech Markéta Vondroušová in the final tomorrow.
Considering SBS on Demand streamed the semi-final for all of us free-to-air folk, here’s hoping they secure the rights to the final too.
As for the rest of you tennis heads, I’m sure you already know this but in case you don’t then the Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal men’s semi-final is streaming on SBS right now.Source: Nine's Wide World of Sport
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