Ash Barty wins French Open final against Marketa Vondrousova

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Nearly 90 minutes after the match was due to start, the players made their way onto Court Philippe Chatrier, after Dominic Thiem's thrilling five-set win over Novak Djokovic in the men's semi-finals forced Barty and Vondrousova to endure a nervous wait.

Margaret Court was the last Australian woman to triumph in Paris in 1973 when she won her fifth and final title in the French capital after 1962, 1964, 1969 and 1970. In the second set, with Anisimova ahead on three games to love, it looked nearly over for Barty but she fought back and eventually won the second and third set 6-3, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal might be on course for a 12th French Open title but the women's tournament will have a new victor.

Barty raced to a 4-0 lead and then held on, showing that she learned her lesson after blowing a 5-0 edge in the opening set of her quarterfinal victory a day earlier against another unseeded teenager, 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova.

Saturday is the first Grand Slam final for both Barty and Vondrousova and while the Czech is yet to drop a set, the bookmakers have the Australian as the favorite.

"It's been a magical two weeks", Barty said. At 5-4, she had three set points but got tight and Vondrousova sensed her chance, winning three straight games to take the set.

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"She just outplayed me, basically", Anisimova said. Their match was suspended for the day because of rain in the third set. At the age of only 19, Marketa Vondrousova has shown great maturity and composure throughout this tournament and it will be important that she continues in such a manner in this final. 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.

Barty was thrilled with the win, calling the match "the hardest thing I've ever had to do". When it comes to Ash Barty, it doesn't matter. "She was pretty calm", said Halep, who acknowledged feeling the stress of trying to win a second consecutive title in Paris. "I don't have that many friends, I'd say", she said.

Having said that, it's interesting to note that in those previous encounters, she made little in the way of inroads into Barty's serve, with the Australian holding well in excess of 80% of service games against Vondrousova - if Vondrousova is to lift the trophy, she will need to address that for sure.

Ash Barty is on her way to becoming the first Indigenous player since Evonne Goolagong Cawley to win the French Open. It was really nice to play her today. For me, personally, I'm excited to be in a semi-final.

Barty broke Vondrousova on all three of her service games in the first set and twice more in the second, smacking 27 winners past the Czech teenager. "I played some pretty terrible tennis", said Barty, a 23-year-old who took almost two years away from the sport starting in 2014 to switch to cricket before returning to the tour.

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