The French Open women’s semifinals this year is entirely populated by first-timers. All four competitors — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Tamara Zidansek, Maria Sakkari, and Barbora Krejcikova — have never been to a Grand Slam singles semifinal before. 

By the end of Thursday, two of them will be headed to their first-ever Grand Slam singles final. Follow along with the results of the women’s semifinals below. 

Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Tamara Zidansek on Thursday to advance to her first-ever Grand Slam final at Roland-Garros. (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)MARTIN BUREAU via Getty ImagesPavlyuchenkova advances to final with defeat of Zidansek

It took Pavlyuchenkova more than 50 attempts, but she finally accomplished her goal. The 29-year-old Russian made it to her first-ever Grand Slam final on Thursday with her 7-5, 6-3 victory over Zidansek. It was her 52nd main draw, making her the first woman to play more than 50 majors before making her first final. 

Zidansek, who is the first Slovenian player to reach the last four of a major tournament, put up a fight over the 94-minute match. She jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set, smashing winners left and right (she’d end the match with 27 to Pavlyuchenkova’s …read more



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