She's Done It. Ash Barty Is Off To The French Open Final

Amanda Anisimova of the USA reacts after winning against Simona Halep of Romania during their women?s quarter final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris France 06 June 2019. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Gar

Amanda Anisimova of the USA reacts after winning against Simona Halep of Romania during their women?s quarter final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris France 06 June 2019. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Gar

Many missed the 11:00am start in Paris, and Konta joined WTA Tour supremo Steve Simon and former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo in accusing the event of not showing the women enough respect.

Mast Wilander, a three-time French Open champion and Eurosport analyst, believes Barty has all the qualities to become the ninth champion in the last 10 women's majors.

Under normal scheduling, the women's semi-finals would have been played on Thursday on the showpiece 15,000-capacity Court Philippe Chatrier.

Added Barty: "I will play no matter what court it is".

"I always do that when I step out on court".

Summing up her experience at Roland Garros, where she had not dropped a set until the second in the semi-final, Anisimova said: "It's fantastic even though I'm obviously upset I lost". So I don't really have much else to say on it.

"I'm just happy that I won. I don't mind, but I don't think it should be like that".

"I think for me it was an opportunity, in a Grand Slam semifinal, I will play no matter what court it is", she said.

However, left-handed world number 38 Vondrousova has yet to drop a set in the tournament after bulldozing her way through the draw to be on the cusp of becoming the first teenager to win the French Open women's title since Iva Majoli in 1997.

She will face another teenager, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, in the final. "You know, you're afraid that some players might feel that it's a lack of respect [by moving one match to a smaller court] or we are just trying to diminish - no".

Barty begun the match in rollicking fashion, racing to a 5-0 lead in the first 14 minutes on the back of several unforced errors from the American teen, but was pegged back in remarkable fashion, with Anisimova taking the first set in 46 minutes. "I'm going to prepare for it and see how it goes". Her confidence must be sky high, hitting the ball that well and feeling it so well.

Still, Konta had her chances, breaking for 4-2 and then staying in front to 5-3. Her game, however, is different from Sharapova's, with her effortless power mixed with a clever use of angles and a steely nerve.

Despite her early service struggles, Barty finished the match having converted 69 percent of her first serve points, while Anisimova managed to convert just 56 percent. But she showed both the poise of a player far beyond her years and the lapses of the 17-year-old that she actually is. She then met Madison Keys and picked an easy win in two sets.

Barty was asked whether she was shocked that her game, seemingly built for hard courts, is suddenly so good on clay. "I've been learning every single day".