In Thursday’s semifinal, Anastasia Pavluchenkova defeated Tamara Jidanczek, who did not enter the final of the French Open, for the first time. Russia’s 31st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova became the first woman in her country to reach the Grand Slam final after the 2015 Australian Open, beating Gdansk 7-5 6-3.
Both players struggled with their serve on the court with Philippe Chatrier but Pavlyuchenkova holding the crucial points and winning. Gidancek, who had never progressed beyond the second round of Grand Slam, made some fantastic drop shots and a forehand winner but made 33 voluntary mistakes.
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Pawliuchenkova said, “I needed it so much, I don’t feel like it. Tennis is such a mental game.” Paveluchenkova will face 17th seed Maria Zachary and Barbara Krejcikova in Saturday’s final. Second semifinal winner.