17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova loses French Open semifinal, ending fairytale run


LONDON — American teenager Amanda Anisimova’s fairytale run came to an end Friday as she lost in the semifinals of the French Open.

Anisimova was beaten by Australian Ashleigh Barty in a dramatic three-set contest 7-6, 3-6, 3-6.

Barty, the number 8 seed, will face the Czech Republic’s Markéta Vondroušová in the final this weekend.

While Anisimova’s dreams of reaching the final may have slipped away, the unseeded 17-year-old’s stunning performance in the first five rounds of the tournament marked her out as a rising star in women’s tennis.

The teenager, who is ranked number 51 in the world, stormed through the first five matches without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals Thursday, she stunned onlookers and seemingly herself by defeating defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

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