French Open: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the final of the Grand Slam in her home country at Roland Garros in 2021.© AFP
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Slovenia’s Tamara Zidans 7-5, 6-3 to reach world number 85 in Thursday’s 52nd attempt at the French Open to reach the first Grand Slam final. The 29-year-old Russian will face 17th-seeded Greek Maria Sakkari or Czech Republic-born Barbora Krejcikova on Saturday, 14 years after her Grand Slam debut.
Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist in Paris a decade ago, was the first woman to play in more than 50 women before making her first final, surpassing the 2015 mark of 2015 runner-up Roberta Vinci of the US Open.
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