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WTA roundup: Tamara Zidansek advances at French Open

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Tamara Zidansek advanced to the semifinals of the French Open after posting overtime victories Tuesday in Paris.

Pavlyuchenkova of Russia rallied to defeat Kazakhstani — and doubles partner — Elena Rybakina 6-7 (2), 6-2, 9-7 in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

The unseeded and 85th-ranked Zidansek reached her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 victory over Spain’s Paula Badosa in a grueling two hours, 26 minutes. Zidansek becomes the first player from Slovenia to reach a Grand Slam semi.

“It feels overwhelming,” Zidansek said afterward. “It’s hard to take it in like this fast. Speaking about nerves today … it was a great opportunity for the both of us to get into the semifinals, but I guess I managed to keep my composure today a little bit better than her (Badosa).”

Zidansek took advantage of 47 unforced errors by Badosa, including nine double faults. Zidansek had 48 winners compared to 31 for Badosa.

“I was nervous in the morning. I was nervous (Monday) night,” Badosa said. “It’s complicated the first time when you’re in a quarterfinals. When you want it so, so much, maybe sometimes it’s a little bit too much, and I was putting a little bit too much pressure on myself.”

Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 31 seed, outlasted the No. 21 Rybakina in two hours, 33 minutes.

Pavlyuchenkova had two fewer winners than Rybakina (46-44) but Rybakina had 43 unforced errors compared to 28 for Pavlyuchenkova, who had 17 break point opportunities, converting six.

“Mentally it was really, really hard this morning,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “Especially since I needed to play Elena. But this is tennis, we both wanted to win. The key was to be able to return her serve.”

Pavlyuchenkova reaches her first Grand Slam semifinal in her 50th main draw. She came in 0-for-6 in major quarterfinal matches. She’s also the first Russian to reach a Grand Slam semi since Elena Vesnina did it at Wimbledon in 2016.

Pavlyuchenkova will play Zidansek in one semi. The other semifinal pairing will be decided Thursday. No. 24 Coco Gauff plays Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, and defending champion Iga Swiatek of Poland, the No. 8 seed, takes on No. 17 Maria Sakkari of Greece in the quarterfinals.

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Top-seeded Johanna Konta of Great Britain and No. 3 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia rolled to straight-set victories in their openers on the grass courts at Nottingham.

Konta defeated Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3 in one hour, four minutes. Vekic beat Switzerland’s Leonie Kung 7-5, 6-1 in one hour, 25 minutes.

Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova ousted No. 13 seed, American Madison Brengle, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

In other action, Nina Stojanovic of Serbia needed two hours, 10 minutes to defeat France’s Oceane Dodin 7-6 (4), 7-5; Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic made quick work of American Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-3 in one hour, three minutes; American Christina McHale, the No. 18 seed, lost to Spain’s Georgina Garcia Perez in three sets; and Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas defeated Australia’s Lizette Cabrera in three sets.

–Field Level Media

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