In a duel of novices at this stage of the competition, it was the eldest of the semi-finalists, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who won against the surprising Tamara Zidansek, 85th in the world: 7-5, 6-3. The Slovenian, revelation of the tournament, was not unworthy, but the Russian, at a more constant level of play, obtained her ticket for her first Grand Slam final.
The game had started badly for Pavlyuchenkova, author of 4 unforced errors on her first service game, then broken before conceding a shutout. But the Russian has the answer: she came back to the score and took advantage of a double fault from Zidansek to give herself a break point and convert her. But, intractable at the net, the Slovenian immediately broke thanks to one of his brilliant inspirations.
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Capable of strokes of genius as of gross faults under pressure, Zidansek lacked consistency, evidenced by his statistics in the first set, with 17 winning strokes (against 10 for Pavlyuchenkova) but 19 unforced errors (11 for the Russian).
After winning the first set 7-5, Pavlyuchenkova initially gave herself more air in the second set. More present, more powerful, she took the throw-in from her opponent twice. With the support of the public, committed to her cause, Tamara Zidansek came back to score, but once again gave up her throw-in.
The beautiful story of the former snowboarder, who had never passed the first round at Roland-Garros, therefore ends at the gates of the final. Pavlyuchenkova will face in the final the winner of the duel between Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova: “I have a lot of emotions, I’m so happy, but also very tired. JI’m going to go and rest, it’s going to be my first Grand Slam final, I want to have fun and play well, regardless of the opponent “, she declared, in French, at the end of the meeting.