Vondrousova, Barty, Nadal reach French Open final


PARIS, June 7: Unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova beat Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6(2) to reach the French Open final on Friday, recovering from deficits in both sets to claim victory.
Vondrousova became the first teenager to reach the French Open final since Ana Ivanovic in 2007. Vondrousova will take on eighth-seeded Ashleigh Barty, the first Australian woman to play a final since Sam Stosur in 2010, on Saturday.
Konta led 5-3 in the opening set on a rainy Court Simonne-Mathieu and had three sets points but allowed the 19-year-old to claw her way back.
The Briton also led 5-3 in the second set but again failed to capitalise and Vondrousova hit back to take it into a tiebreak which she won with a superb drop shot.
Australian Ashleigh Barty weathered the fierce challenge of Amanda Anisimova to end the 17-year-old’s barnstorming run at the French Open and reach the final with a rollercoaster 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 victory on Friday.
The eighth-seeded Barty, the first Australian woman to play a final here since Sam Stosur in 2010, will take on Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.
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 favour of Barty.
Anisimova, the first player born in the 2000s to reach the last eight or semi-finals at a Grand Slam, put up a great fight to save five match points but Barty sealed the win on her sixth in light drizzle.
“It’s incredible, it’s an amazing journey that I’ve been on. I can’t wait to see what happens.”
Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday, claiming his first win over his old rival in five years to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title.
The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier and set up a final clash with either world number one Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday. (Reuters/AFP)