Playing her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova was absolutely brutal against Simona Halep, needing only 68 minutes to overpower the in-form defending champion 6-2 6-4 in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.
In only her fourth appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam, the 51st-ranked Anisimova displayed incredible confidence and dominance against the world No.3 Halep. The American of Russian descent earned her first break point when Halep double-faulted in the sixth game and then converted it when the Romanian favorite sent a shot long. The youngster won seven games in a row from 2-2 in the first set to 3-0 in the second.
The third-seeded Halep did fight back to get the second set back on serve, leveling to 4-4, but Anisimova kept her nerves under control, held serve to lead 5-4 and then broke Halep once again to advance to the semifinals on her first match point. Anisimova earned that match point with Halep’s double fault and converted it by crushing a daring backhand in the corner.
In the quarterfinal played simultaneously on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty needed 69 minutes to defeat seed No.14 Madison Keys, 6-3 7-5.
Semifinals at the 2019 French Open are set now. Amanda Anisimova and Ashleigh Barty will face each other for the first time, while Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova will have a rematch of their recent quarterfinal meeting at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.