Battle, Paula Badosa, Tamara Zidansek, French Open

Battle, Paula Badosa

Tennis-Slovenian Zidansek battles past Badosa to reach French Open semis

Tennis-Slovenian Zidansek battles past Badosa to reach French Open semis

8/6/2021 4:45:00 PM

Tennis-Slovenian Zidansek battles past Badosa to reach French Open semis

PARIS: Unseeded Tamara Zidansek became the first Slovenian woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final as she beat Spain's Paula Badosa 7-5 4-6 8-6 ...

08 Jun 2021 09:20PMShare this contentBookmarkPARIS: Unseeded Tamara Zidansek became the first Slovenian woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final as she beat Spain's Paula Badosa 7-5 4-6 8-6 in a gripping French Open battle on Tuesday.A match between two Grand Slam quarter-final debutants was full of momentum shifts with world number 85 Zidansek leading by a set and 4-2 before the big-hitting Badosa, ranked 35, stormed back to reel off six games in succession.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementBadosa, who was on a nine-match winning streak on clay, looked the favourite to win the decider when she led 2-0.But former competitive snowboarder Zidansek stopped the rot just in time, then showed real grit at 6-6 when she emerged from a pivotal game having saved three break points.

Zidansek produced two forehand winners to fend off the first two and then on the third she got lucky when her shot took a horrible bounce to deceive Badosa.Both players struggled to cope with their nerves at various points during the match but it was Badosa who crumbled in the final game, serving a double fault and falling 15-40 behind. headtopics.com

AdvertisementAdvertisementZidansek wasted the first match point but nailed another forehand to end the contest with a 48th winner.She will face the winner of the Tuesday's second quarter-final between Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina, who knocked out Serena Williams in the fourth round, and experienced Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Read more: CNA »

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