Teenager Marketa Vondrousova roared into her first Grand Slam final at Roland-Garros on Friday by defeating Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6(2) in a compelling duel on Court Simonne-Mathieu.
The 19-year-old Czech became the first teenager to make the final here since Ana Ivanovic in 2007 as she came from behind in both sets to prevent Konta becoming the Briton since Sue Barker in 1976 to reach the decider in Paris.
In the final Vondrousova will take on Australia's Ashleigh Barty after the No.8 seed survived American teen sensation Amanda Anisimova in three compelling sets.
In difficult blustery conditions, the assured left-hander kept her nerve better than her more experienced opponent and, though Konta served for both sets, she came through to seal a well-deserved victory in one hour and 45 minutes.
“It was a very tough match today and I’m just happy that I kept my nerve at the end. I’m so happy,” the youngster said on court afterwards following glorious drop shot that sealed the win on match point.
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