Barty reaches first Grand Slam singles final

Ash Barty is through to her first Grand Slam semi-final

Even the runner-up's 1.180 million euros ($A1.91 million) payday ought to be ample reward for the Barty party to celebrate Australia's best grand slam performance since 2010.

Konta, the only member of the women's final four with previous Grand Slam semifinal experience, is now 0-3 in that round at majors.

Barty came through a freakish three-set semi-final against American 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who put out defending champion Simona Halep in the last-eight.

"That was unbelievable, both good and bad", she was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. I think that's been the biggest thing - I haven't had one ounce of regret. I am really proud of the way I fought, especially in the conditions which were cold and windy. Even frustrated the guy so much that the generally stoic Federer smacked a tennis ball toward the stands after getting broken to trail 2-1 in the third set.

Konta bashed away a forehand victor to take the set into a tiebreak but Vondrousova showed remarkable calm to move 6-2 ahead and then clinch victory by conjuring another dropshot to leave her opponent stranded on the baseline.

Ashleigh Barty won her maiden Roland Garros 2019 title in a fairly one-sided final against Markéta Vondroušová.

"The court that we played on is a handsome court, no doubt about it".

"I'm just so happy with everything".

Saturday's weather-suspended conclusion of Thiem's five-set duel against Novak Djokovic itself paused for more than an hour by rain, pushing the women's championship back by 90 minutes. She raced to a 5-0 lead, lost six games in a row and 17 points in a row to drop the tiebreak and go 3-0 down in the second second before winning 6-7 6-3 6-3.

Court won in 1969, 1970 and 1973, with fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong winning in 1972. In fact, she's been inside the stadium only once - to watch fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova play the 2015 final - when Vondrousova was in attendance as a junior player.

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"I think a new perspective in my life and in my career, it's brought this new belief and this feeling of belonging at the very top level", Barty added.

While this was not the final many would have predicted, it was a meeting between two of the most in-form players of 2019.

Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

We'll be cheering for her to go all the way and take home to French Open grand slam title but whether Barty wins from here or not, is irrelevant.

Barty, Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt (2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon) are the only Aussies to win a major since the turn of the century.



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