Publicado: Sol, Junio 09, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Ashleigh Barty storms to French Open glory with win over Vondrousova

Ashleigh Barty storms to French Open glory with win over Vondrousova

Barty, who also reached the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year, consolidated the break with a confident love hold, leaving Vondrousova firmly on the back foot after only seven minutes of play.

The 19-year-old left-hander lost the first 10 points of the match on a rainy Court Simonne Mathieu, but had more guile than her bigger-hitting opponent in testing conditions. "I actually kind of miss juniors, but, I mean, this is a new phase", she said, shrugging.

When she gravitated back to tennis, she initially thought her best chance for a major title would be in doubles, not one-on-one competition, but she craved "the ebbs and the flows, the emotions you get from winning and losing matches", she said. Like I said, we have worked so hard to put ourselves in these positions.

The Australian defeated 14th seed Madison Keys 6-3 7-5 to book her first appearance in a grand slam semi where she will face American Amanda Anisimova after the teenager stunned world No.1 Simona Halep 6-2 6-4. Rafa Nadal goes in search of his 12th French Open title but don't count out Novak Djokovic.

"She has so much variety in her game".

In fact, this was the first match on the premier Roland Garros arena in Vondrousova's career, although she did have a brief practice session on Saturday morning.

Cracking a stiff-armed, two-handed backhand, in the manner of Jim Courier, Barty was able to counter Vondrousova's attempts to pull her wide with her loopy left-handed backhand, and the Czech rapidly ran out of ideas.

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Both players will have history in their sights on Saturday. The victor of Saturday's match will follow the 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, 2017 champ Jelena Ostapenko and last year's victor Simona Halep as players who have captured her maiden Slam championship in Paris. Madison Keys, a semifinalist here past year, was the only woman to take a set from her. Barty won over 50% of her receiving points and broke her opponent's serve on 8 occasions. Barty won both times in straight sets.

Barty said she went the full gamut of form with some sparkling shots, but some points leaving plenty to desire.

"I played some really good tennis, I played some pretty very bad tennis". Here is everything you need to know about her as she looks to make history in Paris.

The match was played in an atmosphere more associated with first-round ties rather than semi-finals - in front of a smattering of spectators on the 5,000-capacity arena.

"I think she is probably the most comfortable on the clay courts as opposed to any other surface", added Barty.

"It's unbelievable, I'm a little bit speechless". Amanda began playing tennis at two years old.

"Now that we're here, it's about enjoying it, embracing it, and having fun". "Not even one of them on the centre court!"

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