Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advances to French Open final

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advances to French Open final


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros.


The 31st-seeded player defeated unseeded Tamara Zidansek 7-5; 6-3 to become the first Russian woman to reach a final at a major since Maria Sharapova at the 2015 Australian Open.


Both players struggled with their serves on Court Philippe Chatrier but Pavlyuchenkova managed to hold her nerves better on important points.


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Zidansek, who had never been beyond the second round at a major before; hit some superb drop shots and forehand winners but also made 33 unforced errors.


“I wanted this so much that right now I don’t feel anything,” Pavlyuchenkova said.


“Tennis is such a mental sport. That’s what is really hard about tennis.”


None of the four women’s semifinalists had previously advanced so far at a Grand Slam tournament.


Pavlyuchenkova will play against either 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari or Barbora Krejcikova in Saturday’s final.

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