It was the first appearance of both players in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam tournament. 29-year-old Anastasga Pavlyuchenkova (WTA 32) has been a quarter-finalist six times (three times in Australian Open And once at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open), but they always pulled out at this point. This year’s French Open is doing really well. In the third round, she eliminated No. 4 in the world rankings, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6:4, 2:6, 6:0), and then her compatriot, 16th in the WTA – Victoria Azarenka (5:7, 6): 3, 6: 2) and In the quarter-finals is the representative of Kazakhstan – Elena Rybakina (6:7, 6:2, 9:7).
Pavlyuchenkova’s first Grand Slam final in his career
The least experienced of the Grand Slam tournaments is Tamara Zidancic (85 tennis players). The 23-year-old hasn’t beaten the second round even once! He plays in the main event for the third time in Paris. In the previous two editions, she was eliminated from the first round. Now, on her way to the semi-finals in the first round, she unexpectedly defeated Canadian Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (WTA 7) after a thrilling match that lasted nearly three and a half hours 6:7, 7:6, 9:7, And in the quarter-finals, Spain’s Paula Padusa (WTA 35), 7:5, 4:6, 8:6, revealed the past weeks.
In the first set, Pavlyuchenkova almost did what she was known for throughout her tennis career – that is, she did not win the set in a comfortable position. She had many such meetings, even at the Grand Slam tournaments, where she was one step closer to a great success, but she missed a huge opportunity.
Now again, she had the perfect position to win the first set, because she scored five consecutive points in the eighth game serving the opponent, broke it and led 5: 3. In the next game, the players played the advantage, but it was Zidansek who got the broken goal. The Slovenian completely failed in the twelfth game. In that I made three unintentional fouls, and with my first set-ball, I made a double serve! In this game, Zidansek made seventeen fouls and had the same number of winning hits. The Russian numbers are 7 and 11. Respectively, the Slovenes were not helped by the fact that she played very well in the net (effectiveness of 8/8!).
Pavlyuchenkova started the second set very well. She broke her opponent twice and despite the fact that she lost her favour once, she was leading 4:1. Then the old Russian demons came back again. She lost two of her service games in a row, ending the latter with a double serve error. However, the Russian managed to control her nerves and in the eighth match she took the serve from her opponent again. After a while, she was quietly happy with the victory. Like a little atonement for what happened.
Thank you everyone for being in the stands. I am very tired and very happy. It is a very exciting day and moment for me. Tennis is a mental sport and it was difficult to compete. You had to fight hard today. Pavlyuchenkova said after the match that the most important thing now was to stay focused before the final.
In the second semi-final, the Czech Republic Barbora Krijcikova (33rd place) will face Iga killer Świątek – Greek Maria Skari (18 WTA) Match starts on Thursday at 17.10.