The 2019 French Open final is all set for Saturday! Friday’s semi-finals were a dramatic pair of matches that featured plenty of twists of turns. Following on live scores was a hoot this morning 🤣. I won’t be able to watch the final live on Saturday so i’ll be turning off all social media notifications and watching back the match in the evening with much anticipation! Read on for my thoughts from Friday’s semi-finals in the penultimate post from Roland Garros.
Match reviews 🎾
Ash Barty d. Amanda Anisimova, 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3
Where to start with this one? I was losing my nut following the live scores!!! In an absolute rollercoaster contest, Ash Barty rallied from a set down to beat Amanda Anisimova in three wild sets 🎢🎢🎢.
A super aggressive, Barty took advantage of a nervous start from Anisimova to race into a 5-0 lead after just 15 minutes. Barty won 23 of the first 27 points of the match! The momentum soon swung when Barty missed two set points and Anisimova was able to get her side of the scoreboard ticking. Barty struggled to react the sudden surge in Anisimova’s form and threw in some uncharacteristic errors. Anisimova started to dictate rallies and go after the return as she won six games on the trot and then came from a mini-break down in the first set tiebreak.
Anisimova was absolutely peak at the start of the second set. Watching on live scores, i’d assumed that Barty had collapsed mentally. Not really the case when watching back as Anisimova hit some stunners. Barty showed so much resilience to turn the set around, much like Anisimova had done in the first set, to win six straight games and force a decider. Barty then recovered from an early break down in the third set to seal a landmark win.
Barty’s stats in the final two sets were very solid – 25 winners to 19 unforced errors, and 70% of points won behind the first set. I thought she started to handle Anisimova’s drop shots much better and find her aggressive streak again from the first set, eventually wearing down Anisimova. I don’t think there are many players out there who could have turned this match around like Barty did. Anisimova looked gutted at the end but what a great run. She’s going to win Majors in the future and this is just a stepping stone on her path.
Marketa Vondrousova d. Johanna Konta, 7-5 7-6(2)
Continuing her dream run in Paris, Marketa Vondrousova advanced to her first Slam final and without dropping a set! It was probably Vondrousova’s toughest match as she came back from deficits in both sets. Like her quarter-final match against Petra Martic, Vondrousova was forced to save three set points in the opener.
This was a tough loss for Konta, particularly with the opportunities she had as she served for both sets. Watching back the set points, I had my head in my hands. Konta got into a winning position on the first two at 5-3* 40-15* – the Brit missed on the final shot both times, going long with a forehand drive volley and then aiming down with a drop shot into the net.
Konta was never really the same player after that. The Brit stayed aggressive but just committed too many unforced errors. The variety that has been a real asset to her game at this tournament wasn’t as effective as Vondrousova read the majority of Konta’s drop shots. Vondrousova was incredibly stable and stayed in touch in both sets. A stunning passing shot winner down-the-line stole the show in the second set tiebreak.
A disappointing end for Konta but it shouldn’t take away from the tournament as a whole. I don’t think many would have foreseen Konta making the last four at the start of the tournament considering her record at the French. Another brilliant display from the ever-consistent, Vondrousova.
Hot shot of the day 🔥
What a shot from Vondrousova! Love the angle on the replay.
Press highlights 📰
This year’s finalists in press after their semi-final victories.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
Very excited by the prospect of a Barty-Vondrousova final! The pair have played twice before with Barty leading the H2H, 2-0 with straight set wins in Birmingham (7-5 7-6(1), 2017) and Cincinnati (6-3 7-5, 2018). I have to admit that I don’t remember either of those match-ups. In my head I was thinking the H2H, and particularly playing on clay, might favour Vondrousova with her tireless defence and excellent movement on this surface.
The pair will both be contesting their third finals of the year. Barty won the biggest title of her career in Miami while Vondrousova has come up short in the two finals she has played this year, winning the first set in both, 6-1, but going onto miss out in three sets.
A final between Slam final newbies brings so many unknowns as you just never know how they will react to the situation mentally. Vondrousova has yet to drop a set and has been a picture of calm when down set points in her last two matches. Interesting to note that this final will be Vondrousova’s first ever match on the Phillippe Chatrier court!
Barty had her toughest match against Anisimova in the semi-final. The way she managed to turn the match around having blown opportunities in the first set was a huge mental effort. While her level wavered, the fact she was able to rely on her game when it really counted must give Barty so much belief in herself.
I’m going for Ash to win the whole caboodle.