Pavlyuchenkova finds at 29 the prize of a grand final

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Slovenian Tamara Zidansek and will face the winner of the other semi-final between Krejcikova and Sakkari.


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova found this Thursday in her almost 30 years (she will celebrate them on July 3) the award for a long career in the form of a Gramd Slam final. The Russian, 32nd in the world, defeated the surprising Tamara ZIdansek, Paula Badosa's executioner in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-3 in 94 minutes and on Saturday (15:00, Eurosport) she will fight for the Roland Garros title against the winner from the other semifinal: the Czech Barbora Krejcikova or the Greek Maria Sakkari.

In her best number 52, Pavlyuchenkova, who previously eliminated one of the big favorites, the Belarusian Sabalenka, has far surpassed her best result, the six quarter-finals that she treasured between the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. Tennis player with a long traditional family of athletes (his grandmother was a basketball player from the USSR, his grandfather a referee of the same sport, his father an Olympic canoeist and his mother a swimmer), speaks Russian, English and French, and enjoys karaoke, shopping, seeing friends or listening to music. In her career, since 2008, she has won 12 titles and her best ranking was 13. She virtually rises to 18th place and if she takes the title, she will come out 14th in Paris.

Before Zidansek, the 23-year-old Slovenian who not without being seeded was one of the top three in the tournament, Anastasia, who for a short time was trained by Garbiñe Muguruza's ex-coach, Sam Sumyk, did a job of attrition and precision, without being too aggressive (19 winning shots). He broke his rival's serve six times and remained firm in a first set with many ups and downs. This is how he received the greatest reward, for the moment, that the always hard and sacrificial world of tennis has given him.

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