Ash Barty wins French Open final against Marketa Vondrousova

Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep in two sets 6-2 6-4 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris Thursday

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"You make it all the way to the semis, and you get put on the third-biggest court at 11".

Barty had never gone past the round of 16 in any Grand slam tournament dating back to her first in 2012. "I played some pretty bad 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.

"I think it's going to change my life now", the Czech said on her success at Roland Garros.

She will undoubtedly have many more opportunities over the course of her career but this will feel like a golden chance wasted as she reflects on a match that perfectly encapsulated tennis' endearing capacity for shifts in momentum. "It's a tough one", Federer said.

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Barty simply stood there and soaked it all in, her moment of glory having been reached faster than perhaps she could have imagined.

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Konta made a quick start as Vondrousova struggled with the wind and her nerves on serve - the Briton forging 5-3 ahead.

Vondrousova claimed the first set with a defensive lob that landed plumb on the baseline.

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Barty then upended now-world No.1 Naomi Osaka en route to the title in Nottingham last year before a breakout third-round showing at Wimbledon - just two years into her comeback to tennis - confirmed her grass-court prowess. "It doesn't really matter which court I play on", said Barty, the world No.8. All alone at the end of the platform, she gave way to emotion at last and struggled to hold back tears. Barring weather issues, it will be played Saturday. The victor of Saturday's match will follow the 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, 2017 champ Jelena Ostapenko and last year's victor Simona Halep as players who have captured her maiden Slam championship in Paris.

Her straight-sets win against American Madison Keys in the quarter-finals means the 23 year old is now just one game away from making the final. Even though Barty needed six match points to close things, she did, indeed, finish the job. "It's awesome. It's been an incredible journey the last three years", she said. "That's ultimately when I play my best tennis and that's what we are after". This time, she was undone by Vondrousova, a left-hander who appears to possess every shot there is, with an enviable variety of speeds and angles.

"I just miss that a little bit, travelling".

"We went up 4-1, playing much better in the second set".

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The pair have never met on the red stuff before, but they have played on grass and hard court.

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