Halep stunned by Anisimova, Barty ousts Keys

Amanda Anisimova of the United States celebrates her victory against Simona Halep

The 28-year-old, who had never won a round at Roland Garros before this year, had three set points when she led 5-3 in the opener, but on first lashed an easy volley well over the baseline with the court at her mercy.

"Even though that level wasn't there for the whole match today, it was there when I needed it".

In only 68 minutes, Anisimova played aggressive tennis and in the process became the youngest French Open semi-finalist since 17 year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.

Anisimova, the first player born in the 2000s to reach the last eight or semi-finals at a Grand Slam, put up a great fight to save five match points but Barty sealed the win on her sixth in light drizzle. I feel like I've played some really good tennis, some consistent tennis. "Oh, it's incredible", she said.

"I don't think it will sink in, at least not for today". That none of the four has ever played in a Grand Slam singles final is icing on the cake.

Eighth seed Ashleigh Barty secured her place in the French Open final on Friday despite a display she acknowledged was wildly inconsistent.

However, due to rain washing out an entire day's play on Wednesday, that schedule has been thrown into chaos.

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The WTA says Anisimova had been the youngest player to reach the semis since 2006.

It is a completely different situation in the men's tournament, where victories for Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem meant the top four seeds are all through to the last four. At 17 years and 10 months old, she is also the youngest American to a Grand Slam semifinal since Venus Williams did it at the 1997 U.S. Open when she was 17 years and two months old.

Former French number one Amelie Mauresmo was furious, tweeting that the decision was "shameful".

"We are, however, extremely disappointed by the scheduling of both women's semifinals on outside courts".

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain's Johanna Konta in two sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019. I know we are all very excited.

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