Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday in her 52nd attempt and will be in favor of a French Open final when she takes on Slovenia’s world number 85 Tamara Zidansek. World number 32 Pavlyuchenkova defeated doubles partner Elena Rybakina 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 9-7 in her first quarterfinal at Roland Garros since 2011. Grand Slam semi-final for the first time,” said 29-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, who had fallen in the quarter-final stage on the last six occasions since the start of 2007.
“I’ve always had tennis. Mentally I’m probably more solid now. Just trying to play better tennis. I’m working harder.”
Rybakina knocked out Serena Williams in the previous round and took a 4-1 lead in the opener. Pavlyuchenkova broke back in the seventh game before dominating the 6ft (1.84m) Russian-born Kazakh tiebreak.
Russia equalized due to breaks in the sixth and eighth games of the second set.
In a tense decider, there were four breaks in the first six games before Rybakina broke in the 16th game, going right down to her sixth double fault.
Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev defeated Spain’s Alejandro Davydovich Fokina 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to reach his first French Open semi-final.
The German sixth seed awaits the winner between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the evening session.
Earlier, Anheldi Zidansek became the first woman to represent Slovenia, beating Spain’s Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 to reach the last four at a Grand Slam.
“It feels overwhelming. It’s hard to take it in this fast,” said Zidansek, who had never progressed past the second round before.
Zidansek returned 3–0 in the first set and doubled down and saved three break points at 6–6 in the decider against Badosa, the 33rd with the most clay court wins (17) on the WTA tour this season. preferred.
Slovenia continued their dream run by securing their second match point. She is two wins away from emulating Maribor-born Mima Jausovec, who represented Yugoslavia at Roland Garros in 1977.
– Tsitsipas-Medvedev Showdown –
Zverev has now won 15 consecutive sets after recovering from two sets against qualifier Oscar Otte in the first round.
He easily dethroned 46th-ranked Davydovich, who made 37 unforced errors and ended up winning only 16 in his first major quarter-final.
“It’s good to be in the semifinals, but being here doesn’t satisfy me,” said 2020 US Open runner-up Zverev.
Tsitsipas is expected to remain on course for the first Grand Slam final when he meets Medvedev in the light of Court Philippe Chattier, the last match to be played behind closed doors before the easing of the nationwide curfew.
The Greek fifth-seeded player will look to reach a third major semi-final in a row, having lost to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-setter in Paris last year.
Stopping their way is second-seeded Russian Medvedev, who hasn’t won a match in the last four visits to the French Open but has been looking increasingly confident on clay over the past week.
Medvedev, the runner-up at the 2019 US Open and this year’s Australian Open finalist, holds a 6-1 one-on-one lead over Tsitsipas.
They defeated the Greeks in straight sets in the last four in Melbourne in their most recent meeting.
“I guess I don’t have to think about who I’m facing or not, I just have to play my game, let the rest see,” Tsitsipas said.
If Medvedev reaches the final, he can hold the number one ranking and Djokovic does not.
His career win-loss record on clay is 15-20, but Roland Garros’ return to his traditional May-June slot and very hot temperatures have helped the Russian overcome bad memories of previous editions.
“Definitely a better feeling than losing in the first round, going home on Tuesday I feel like I lost here on Sunday two or three times. It’s not a good feeling. I hope it gets better every year,” Medvedev said. Will happen.”
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