French Open 2021: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Tamara Zidansek at Roland Garros

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Russian 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova continued her late bloom by reaching a first Grand Slam final with victory over Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek in the French Open last four.

Pavlyuchenkova, 29, was a dominant junior player but had never previously reached a Grand Slam semi-final.

Against another debutant at this stage, she won 7-5 6-3 on the Paris clay.

Pavlyuchenkova will face Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari or Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who play later on Thursday.

Those two players are also competing in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.

It is the first time since 1978 – and only the second time in the Open era – that a Grand Slam women’s singles tournament has had four semi-final debutants.

More to follow.

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