Ashleigh Barty fights back to reach French Open final

Ashleigh Barty overcame a remarkable first-set collapse to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova and reach her first grand slam final at the French Open.

This match was fitting for what has been a wildly unpredictable women’s tournament but ultimately it was Barty who steadied her nerves in time to clinch a 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3 victory and set up a clash with 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.

Anisimova won just three points in the first five games but turned things around to win six games in a row and then take the set on a tie-break.

The young American, who had knocked out defending champion Simona Halep in the quarter-finals, then moved into a 3-0 lead in the second set only to lose six games in a row.

The decider was less wild but four consecutive games for Barty from 1-2 put her on the brink of victory and she served it out at the first time of asking, taking her third match point.

Barty took a break from professional tennis as a teenager after finding the pressure too much and spent a spell playing professional cricket, and this is the most remarkable chapter yet in her comeback.

- Press Association

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