On Tuesday, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek won their respective quarter-final matches at Ronald Garros and will face each other for a place in the final of The French Open.
Both players had to fight intense battles to keep their French Open hopes alive.
Pavlyuchenkova had to fight back from a set down, but managed to come from behind to beat her doubles partner Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 9-7. While the world number 22 did her best, her opponent’s experience made the difference.
The opening set was tight, Pavlyuchenkova managed to overcome a 4-1 deficit, but in the tie-break her performance slipped.
In the second set, the Russian was relentless and, almost without difficulty, took the match to a third set.
The deciding set was a real madness, but the Samara-born player emerged as the winner of this unforgettable duel.
Meanwhile, world number 85 Zidansek claimed a tight 7-5 4-6 8-6 victory over Spain’s Paula Badosa.
Two of the four semi-finalists in the women’s draw have now been decided. The remaining women’s quarter-final matches take place on Wednesday.
Poland’s Iga Swiatek, who is the defending champion and the highest ranked woman left in the draw meets Greece’s Maria Sakkari. On the other hand, 17-year-old American Coco Gauff plays against Czech Barbora Krejcikova.