Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32nd) qualified for the first time in a Grand Slam semi-final after beating Kazakh Elina Rybakina (21st) by 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 9-7, on Tuesday , for the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.
The 29-year-old Russian disputed a spot in the French tournament decision against Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (85th), who in the first match of the day eliminated Spanish Paula Badosa (35th).
If the first match of the quarterfinals was intense and ended up decided in three sets in favor of Zidansek by 7-5, 4-6 and 8-6 in 2:26 of the game, the following confrontation was not far behind and lasted even longer (2:33). ).
On the court were two tennis players who know each other well because they play together in doubles, the Kazakh won in the ‘tiebreaker’ of the first set, but Pavlyuchenkova reacted to force a third set full of emotion, which was decided in the 16th game in favor of the Russian, who they have never qualified for a semi-final in their 51 previous matches in one of the four top tournaments on the tennis circuit.
“There are so many emotions coming to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who has been defeated on the six previous occasions in which she has reached the quarter-finals of one of the “bigs” since making her debut on the circuit in 2007.
“I’m just trying to play smarter. I work a lot,” he said.
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