Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S.in three sets 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019.
Tonight, Ms Barty plays Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the championship match.
She idolises Maria Sharapova, she looks a bit like Sharapova and if Amanda Anisimova continues to play the way she has been over the past 12 days, she could become the youngest victor of a grand slam title since Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. I feel like I've played some really good tennis, some consistent tennis.
Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova took the headlines with a stunning upset of defending champion Simona Halep to reach the semi-finals.
Anisimova started to spray more errors and Ashleigh was ready to punish every single one of those, breaking in games five, seven and nine to seize the control and become the favorite ahead of the decider. She's documenting all the fantastic places she gets to go on her Instagram feed.
In only 68 minutes, Anisimova played aggressive tennis and in the process became the youngest French Open semi-finalist since 17 year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.
Ash Barty is on her way to becoming the first Indigenous player since Evonne Goolagong Cawley to win the French Open. "That's why I was really happy today to get to play healthy". The 17-year-old American thrashed the Romanian professional by 6-2, 6-4 at Philippe Chatrier on Thursday. Both women are making their first appearance in a Grand Slam final.
"You think of Evonne Goolagong, one of her mentors, who had the classic athleticism and the fluid strokes".
The main arena had already been scheduled to stage the men's semi-finals between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic against Dominic Thiem.
"I knew that she's going to play very well, but she played great today", Halep said, disappointed but full of admiration. She also became the youngest woman to make it to the Grand Slam semifinals after Venus Williams in US Open 1997.
Barty's clash with Anisimova will take place on Court Suzanne Lenglen, which holds 10,068 spectators.
"It was cold and windy and I can't wait to enjoy it, it's been an incredible journey I have been on and I can't wait until tomorrow".