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World number 85 Tamara Zidanchik of Slovenia continued to surprise after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, the second Grand Slam, by defeating Spain’s Paula Padusa in a marathon match 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
Zidanchik became the first Slovenian to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament, after she failed to get past the second round in her previous participation in the Grand Slam tournaments.
The 23-year-old Slovenian said after two hours and 26 minutes on the field, “I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals. I knew it was going to be a tough fight… I was up 7-5 4-2 and then came back, I struggled a bit but in the third set I started to recover and played well.”
Next, Zidanchik will meet with Kazakh Elena Rybakina (22) or Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32).
Of the eight players in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros this year, none of them have ever reached this role in the Grand Slam tournament, including Padusa, who had her best result in the fourth round last year also in Paris, and is the player who achieved the most number of victories on the courts. Dirt this season (17).
The Slovenian made up for her 3-0 downfall in the first set to win 7-5, and then saved three break points in the deciding set when the score was 6-6, knowing that there was no break-break tie in the third set for the women in the singles category at Roland Garros.
Zidanchik started her current career at Roland Garros with a surprise, after she eliminated the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the seventh seed in the world and the 2019 Flushing Meadows champion.
Before she eliminated Andreescu in the first round, Zidancic had never beaten a WTA Top Ten player.
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