first_imgIn the process, Anisimova became the youngest player to reach the last four in Paris since Nicole Vaidisova’s run to the semis in 2006.Defeating Halep, the world No. 3, represented the biggest triumph of the American’s fledgling career, with this only her fourth main-draw appearance at a Grand Slam event. Anisimova claimed her first WTA Tour title in Bogota, Colombia, in April despite heading into that tournament without a prior match win on clay at that level. Related News French Open 2019: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, the rivalry of two greats at Roland Garros PARIS — American teen Amanda Anisimova took down defending French Open champion Simona Halep in breathtaking fashion Thursday, 6-2, 6-4, to become the youngest semifinalist at Roland Garros in 13 years.The unseeded 17-year-old took the match to Halep, mixing clean groundstrokes with phenomenal drop shots to set up a semifinal meeting Friday with Ashleigh Barty of Australia. For Halep, it ended her hopes of joining an elite group of five women – Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Justine Henin – to retain La Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen.Amazing Amanda!The 🇺🇸 teen upsets defending champion Halep 6-2 6-4 to reach semi-finals.— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2019Anisimova started the match by halting Halep’s run of 16 successive breaks of serve – a streak that stretched back to her Round 2 win over Magda Linette – and a subsequent hold to love suggested the youngster would not cower on Court Philippe-Chatrier.Anisimova grew in confidence and punished the third seed by angling a forehand slice into the open court for her 11th winner, sealing the first set in fine fashion.The teen, a native of New Jersey, continued to excel off the ground and produced a searing forehand down the line for a break point in game two of the second set that was duly converted.Anisimova showed her resilience to pass through a service game with a trio of winners as she shut the door on Halep’s three chances to finally win behind her return, but she was unable to stop the Romanian hitting back at the next opportunity.Errors started to creep in for Anisimova and after a chance to put herself in position to serve out the match arrived, she buried a forehand into the net as Halep drew level at 4-4.However, the 2018 champion missed a chance to break and, in the next game, double faulted to give Anisimova match point, the American wrapping up things with a sweet backhand to retain her record of not dropping a set in Paris this year.STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNAmanda Anisimova bt Simona Halep [3] 6-2 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSHalep – 16/17Anisimova – 25/24ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSHalep – 1/2Anisimova – 1/0BREAK POINTS WONHalep – 1/7Anisimova – 4/7 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEHalep – 72Anisimova – 73PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEHalep – 52/53Anisimova – 64/64TOTAL POINTSHalep – 52Anisimova – 68last_img

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