Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play her first final of the Roland Garros Grand Slam. The 31st player defeated unscathed Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3 to become the first Russian to reach a major final after Maria Sharapova at the 2015 Australian Open.
Both players struggled with their serves on the court Philip Chatrie, but Pavlyuchenkova managed to keep her nerves more important points.
Zidansek, who has never passed the second round in C major, hit some great shots and forehand winners, but also made 33 unforced errors.
“I wanted it so much that I don’t feel anything at the moment,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “Tennis is such a mental sport. This is what is really difficult for tennis. “
None of the four women’s semifinalists had ever advanced to a Grand Slam tournament. Pavlyuchenkova will participate in either the 17th placed Maria Sakari or Barbora Kreychikova in the final on Saturday.