June 24, 2021

Zidansek, Pavlyuchenkova enter French Open semifinals

Zidansek, Pavlyuchenkova enter French Open semifinals

Winner Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek (L) congratulates Spain’s Paula Badosa at the end of their women’s singles quarter-final tennis match on Day 10 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 8, 2021. (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)

Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia yesterday at the French Open defeated Paola Badosa of Spain, 75, 4/6, 8/6, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeated her doubles partner, Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan, 67(2), 6/2, 9/7 to reach their first Grand Slam semifinals.

Zidansek lost her serve to concede the opening game and Badosa held to lead 2-0. Zidansek also lost the third game on her serve but got the fourth game on a break of Badosa’s serve and held for 3-2. Badosa conceded the sixth game for three-all. Zidansek battled long to take the ninth game to lead for the first time. She won a short 10th game while her opponent battled to take the 11th game and broke Badosa to win the set 7/5 after 52 minutes.

In the second set, Zidansek led 4-2 but Badosa won four straight games to win 6/4. In the third set, Badosa broke Zidansek and held for 2-0 but conceded a break in the fourth game to 2-2. Tamara held serve to lead 3-2. Badosa won the sixth game with two forehand winners. Both players held serves to five-all.

When Zidansek won the 11th game, Badosa flung her racket and it barely missed the lady line judge. Badosa recovered from a double fault to level six games apiece. Zidansek survived a break threat at 30-40 and took the game on the third advantage point.

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Serving to save the match, Badosa missed a drop shot to 15-all and lost the game, set 8/6 for the match.

Rybakina won the first set in a tiebreaker. Anastasia won the second set 6/2. The first time Rybakina lost a set in the tournament. The third set was a seesaw all the way. Anastasia held to lead 7/6. Serving to save the match, at 30-all Elena floated a short ball that Anastasia hammered for a winner to reach match point. When Elena missed her first serve, the scanty stadium crowd was eerily silent. Then she made a double fault to lose the game and epic match.

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