In an unexpected semifinal it was Australia’s world no. 8 Ashleigh Barty facing US teen sensation Amanda Anisimova.
Barty was on fire early and she had two break points at 15-40 in the second game. Good defence keeps her in the point before Anisimova hits a bad shot to lose the game.
Barty held comfortably, then had three break points against Anisimova in the next game. She converted when she answered a drop shot with a drop shot that left Anisimova standing still.
The score was now 4-0 with Barty hitting her fifth forehand winner to lead 15-0. Anisimova hit a great drop shot to get to 15-15. Barty held to race out to a 5-0 lead in little more than 12 minutes.
Anisimova managed to hold serve in the next game to see Barty serving for the set at 5-1 and with 17 minutes having elapsed.
Meanwhile in the other semifinal it was 2-1 with Konta up a break and holding advantage.
After a drop shot that caught Barty well short, Anisimova had her first break points at 15-40. Barty saved one before hitting long to concede the game.
Vondrousova broke Konta to level the scores at 2-2.
Barty hit a shot into the net to see Anisimova claim her third straight game to again have Barty serving for the first set, this time the score was 5-3. Barty was struggling to land a first serve.
Anisimova was not finding her groove and she was hitting with power and depth. Barty served an ace to got to 30-15 and then played a drop shot that Anisimova chased down then hit a shot on the line for 30-30
Big hitting forced an error from Barty to see Anisimova hold a break point, but Barty hit some deep shots to force an error from the young American, it was now deuce.
A Barty shot that was just over the baseline saw another break point for the American, and when Barty hit a forehand into the net a transformation had taken place. Games were back on serve with Anisimova serving at 4-5.
The American was now in control.
In the other semi Konta broke again to lead again.
Barty hit a shot wide to give Anisimova two break points, another missed shot from Barty and it was six games in a row for Anisimova. She would step up to serve for the first set at 6-5.
Barty was looking shell-shocked and looking for answers.
Anisimova hit a shot into the net to start the 12th game. In the next point the American hit a big forehand to level at 15-15. A shot tagged the line from Anisimova that saw Barty miss the next shot.
The American was now two points from the set at 30-15. Barty pushed the American back and won the next point. At 30-30 a missed drop shot from Anisimova gave Barty a break point, but a big serve got the score to deuce.
Some aggression from Barty saw her work her way to the net to put away a smash for another break opportunity. But Anisimova attacked the net and hit a winner to get back to deuce.
Barty played shots at the body of Anisimova and forced an error for another break point, but a backhand into the net wasted that chance.
Perhaps nerves were taking hold of the players, Anisimova badly missed a shot to give Barty yet another break point.
Barty played great defence to keep the ball in play and Anisimova snatched at a shot to hit into the net to send the first set into a tie breaker.
Barty took the first point. Suddenly the Australian was looking more energised and she got a mini-break for 0-2 with Anisimova serving. Anisimova won the next point for Barty to serve at 2-1.
The mini-break was conceded when Barty sliced into the net.
Barty hit a forehand winner for 3-2. A shot just over the baseline from Anisimova gave Barty another mini-break to go ahead 4-2.
A looping second serve to Barty was missed wide for 4-3 with Barty to serve two.
A shot hit well wide by Barty saw her advantage slip again. It was now a huge point at 4-4.
With some big hitting from both players it was Barty that cracked, hitting a drop shot well short.Embed from Getty Images
Anisimova was now up 5-4. Then a forehand winner from the American 17-year-old saw her raise her arms to celebrate a huge comeback to win the set.
It was a crushing moment for Barty after having held a 5-0 lead early in the first set.
Anisimova won the first game of the second set and then broke for a 2-0 lead.
Barty got on the board at 3-1 and then earned a break point in the next game which she converted to get back on serve at 2-3.
Konta failed to serve out the first set again Vondrousova and like Barty she was made to pay when she failed to take the first set. The Czech player broke twice to win the first set 7-5.
Barty held serve to complete a run of 3 games to level the score at 3-3.
Anisimova was starting to make more errors and Barty found herself at 15-40 and looking at two break points. She hit wide on the first, but then Anisimova didn’t get down to a shot and lifted it wide to concede her fourth straight game in the second set.
Barty held and suddenly she was back in control with Anisimova serving to stay in the set at 5-3.
Barty won the first two points to move to within two points of winning the second set. A double fault from the American gave Barty three set points.
The Australian converted the first of her break points to claim the second set. A great comeback from Barty who won six straight games.
Now what would happen?
Anisimova took the first point of the deciding set, and the second. Anisimova earned a break point before seeing Barty hit an Ace.
A good wide serve, followed by a down the line shot got Barty to Ad, but then she was late on a forehand and dragged it wide for deuce.
Barty had game point, but Anisimova hit a great angled shot to keep the game alive. Another good first serve got Barty a game point. Barty would hit long to go back to deuce.
It was now Anisimova that made an error, hitting over the baseline to give Barty yet another game point. A good first serve saw Anisimova hit short on the return. Barty stepped in to hit a winner and take the early lead.
Anisimova held, then broke Barty. The Australian broke back straight away
The rollercoaster ride continued with Barty now going on a run of two games to lead 3-2.
Barty broke again to lead 4-2. After a few tense moments Barty was able to win her next service game to stand just short of a French Open final.
Barty had three match points at 0-40 in the next game. She wasted two. Could we see another comeback from the American?
Barty was in control of the point, but missed a shot just wide to see the score at deuce.
A good first serve forced an error from Barty for Anisimova to go up Ad, then she won the game to put the pressure on Barty who had to serve for her spot in the final.
Good hitting from Barty worked Anisimova out of position to hit a winner and take the first point.
Anisimova then had a brain fade to play a poor drop shot to see Barty take control with another point and 30-0. An Ace and it was triple match point for Barty.
A big return kept Anisimova in the match. Then a drop shot winner from Anisimova put more pressure on Barty, but the Australian kept her composure and hit a shot down the line that the American would not get back.
Barty was in the final where she will face another teenager as just before Barty claimed her three set victory, Vondrousova had defeated Konta 7-5, 7-6(2).