Ash Barty won 17 of the initial 18 points in her French Open semifinal against 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova to lead 5-0 after 12 minutes - and yet somehow lost that set.
But Barty rallied impressively to emerge a 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 victor and move into the final of a grand slam for the first time in her career.
The excited young player Amanda Anisimova said on her unbelievable win, "I was just super excited and I was really happy with the opportunity". More errors had crept back into the teenager's game, and Barty took advantage, breaking twice more as she forced a decider. On the other hand, the Aussie created 20 break points, seizing eight of those and overcoming a awful first set outcome to book the place in the final after scoring only two wins in Paris before this year.
Much to the disappointment of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), the women's matches have been bumped to the other two show courts in the Roland Garros complex.
The first set was quite one-sided in the start as Ashleigh Barty charged over a lead of 5-0 over Anisimova at Suzanne Lenglen.More news: Kim Kardashian shares first photo of son Psalm West
The tiebreak was also a see-saw contest, Barty moving 4-2 up before Anisimova scored five points in a row to take the set with a forehand victor down the line.
But the momentum shifted, again, with Barty taking six games on the spin to level the tie.
It undeniably proved to be a much more tricky match than the first five games suggested it would be, though it was a strong performance from the eighth seed, and was a particularly gutsy one given the conditions and being a break down in both the second and third sets. "But today I knew I had to do something different because playing against Simona, I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be easy" Anisimova said. After Roland Garros, next week she will make her Top 5 singles debut.
Konta, the only member of the women's final four with previous Grand Slam semifinal experience, is now 0-3 in that round at majors. She double-faulted twice in the opening game while ceding the first 10 points, and faced three set points down 5-3. Despite that, she completed the comeback, controlling the tiebreak to go a set up.
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The semifinals were played in hard conditions, in drizzle, wind that reached 12 miles per hour (20 kph) and temperatures of about 60 degrees (15 Celsius).
"Ultimately, I feel like when I'm able to play my game style and my kind of tennis, I can match it with everyone regardless what surface it's on".
The two women's semi-finals were moved from the showpiece Court Philippe Chatrier, leading to accusations of sexism. "In terms of the match itself, probably".
Soon after Thursday's simultaneously-played French Open women's quarterfinals were completed, Friday's order of play was issued by Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget.More news: Anthony Joshua 'doesn't remember anything after the third round', says Eddie Hearn