French Open quarter-finals: Halep v Anisimova

French Open quarter-finals: Halep v Anisimova

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It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryTeenager Amanda Anisimova takes first set 6-2 against 2018 champion Simona HalepMadison Keys v Ashleigh Barty also in action in Roland Garros quarter-finals13:00 approx – top men’s seed Novak Djokovic v fifth seed Alexander ZverevFourth seed Dominic Thiem v 10th seed Karen Khachanov also in actionAll four of Wednesday’s quarter-finals rearranged due to rain – Konta in semi-finals tomorrowLive ReportingBy Mike HensonAll times stated are UKGet involvedSend a text to 81111 (charged at your standard message rate)Twitter: Use the hashtag #bbctennisFacebook: BBC SportPosted at 10:3910:39Anisimova holds*Halep 2-6 0-1 AnisimovaNo let-up, no mercy.Amanda Anisimova wins her fifth game in a row with a hold to love.It is Simona Halep who looks like an over-matched, over-awed teenager.Posted at 10:3810:38Post updateJonathan JurejkoBBC Sport at Roland GarrosA stunned murmur echoes around Chatrier. Some people jump to their feet to applaud what they’ve just seen from this American teenager.Anisimova is first player – man or woman – born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.Now she’s one set away from making that a semi-final.Posted at 10:3810:38Game and first set AnisimovaHalep 2-6 *AnisimovaOh my.Amanda Anisimova, on the stretch, whips away a winner to convert her second break point.Simona Halep has been rinsed and return in 26 minutes in the first set.Posted at 10:3710:37Barty wins first setKeys 3-6 BartyThe first set has just come to and end on Suzanne-Lenglen.Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty got a break to go 5-3 up and held serve to go a set up against American Madison Keys.Posted at 10:3610:36Three set points Anisimova*Halep 2-5 AnisimovaThis might be the performance that really announces Amanda Anisimova as an elite force.She brings up 0-40 with brilliant one-two punch of drop-shot and whipping pass…Posted at 10:3410:34Anisimova saves break points, holds*Halep 2-5 AnisimovaSimona Halep pats a return between the tramlines as Amanda Anisimova shuts the door on her at break point.Across comes the bolts, the chain and finally a sofa propped up under the handle.Simona Halep serves to stay in the set next…Posted at 10:3010:30On serve in Keys v BartyKeys* 3-4 BartyIt’s still on serve in today’s other quarter-final. Eighth seed Ashleigh Barty is facing 14th seed Madison Keys.Neither player has had a break point yet, so nothing exciting to report from Suzanne-Lenglen so far.Posted at 10:2910:29Anisimova breaksHalep 2-4 *AnisimovaWowzers. Rock-steady nerves, sweet-spot hitting. Amanda Anisimova’s deep groundstrokes pepper the baseline, forcing Simona Halep into retreat on the first of two break points.Halep, on the stretch, can only pat long.The first break goes the way of the teenager.Posted at 10:2510:25Anisimova holds*Halep 2-3 AnisimovaReutersCopyright: ReutersAmanda Anisimova. You are going to get really used to spelling that surname over the next 15 years.The American wipes the clay with Simona Halep, calling her to the net with a butterflly-wing drop-shot before outfoxing her with a dinky angle.She bops a forehand down the line and the game is wrapped up to 15.Posted at 10:2310:23Halep holdsHalep 2-2 *AnisimovaSimona Halep keeps Amanda Anisimova at arm’s length with a hold to 15.Serve on top, both players deep in the groove.Posted at 10:2110:21Post updateJonathan JurejkoBBC Sport at Roland GarrosWhile puddles still have to be dodged on the streets outside of Roland Garros, there is no rain forecast to disrupt today’s play.Fluffy white clouds are dotted around the Paris sky like grazing sheep in a bright blue field.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportPosted at 10:2010:20Anisimova holds*Halep 1-2 AnisimovaWhat were you doing at 17? Downloading low-quality and legally dubious Papa Roach in the wild west early days of the internet if you were anything like me.I don’t think Amanda Anisimova has time for such adolescent dilly-dallying.She rattles though a service hold to love, imposing her authority on the defending champion and former world number one.Posted at 10:1710:17Halep holdsHalep 1-1 *Anisimova”Quarante-trente,” says the chair umpire. Even numbers sound better in French don’t they?Simona Halep turns a 40-30 lead into a game as she marches to net and swats away a forehand down the line to level things up.Posted at 10:1310:13Anisimova holds*Halep 0-1 AnisimovaAmanda Anisimova’s serve is dragged down a back alley and to deuce, but the teenager teeing off in her very first Grand Slam semi-final survives unscathed.Posted at 10:1010:10Ready to go…Halep v AnisimovaBBCCopyright: BBCRight, racquets at high noon on Philippe Chatrier. The players are out and ready. Halep to serve…Posted at 10:1010:10Hewett wins the first setFormer French Open and US Open champion Alfie Hewett is a
set up in the men’s wheelchair quarter-finals.The Brit broke Stephane Houdet’s serve three times to win
the first set 6-2. But the Frenchman is a break up in the second.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 10:0910:09Post updateHalep v AnisimovaTime for, as they say in France, ‘la meteo’.After yesterday’s play was washed out by persistent and, at times, torrential rain in the French capital, which means that Johanna Konta’s semi-final is shunted on to Friday.A few clouds but it is happily looking dry…Posted at 10:0710:07Teenage kicksHalep v AnisimovaGettyCopyright: GettyStanding in her way is 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova.After never winning a match at Roland Garros before this year, Anisimova has waltzed into the last eight without dropping a set.A caveat though. The average ranking of her opponents so far has been 132.She is coached by her Russian-born father Konstantin and has previously reached the junior final in the French capital.Posted at 10:0310:03New year, same old champ?Halep v AnisimovaGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesSimona Halep had lost two previous finals at Roland Garros, going down to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2017, before she finally reeled in her maiden Grand Slam pot with victory over Sloane Stephens last year on Philippe Chatrier.She is higher-ranked and more experienced, in the business end of Grand Slams certainly, than anyone else left in the draw.Time to order in the silver polish once more?Posted at 10:0110:01On the sceneHalep v AnisimovaGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesTwenty-six years of graft. Three scarring Grand Slam defeats. Three see-sawing sets.And finally Simona Halep had achieved her dream.
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