Tamara Zidansek beats Paula Badosa to reach French Open semis
Tamara Zidansek has beaten the in-form Paula Badosa of Spain in their quarter-final clash at Roland Garros on Tuesday. Zidansek won 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 in three sets to advance to the semis of the French Open. Interestingly, both Zidansek and Badosa marked their maiden quarter-final appearances at Slam events. Zidansek ended Badosa's unbeaten run of nine matches. Here's more.
World number 85, Zidansek, had never been past the second round at a Grand Slam before this run. Zidansek has lost two WTA Tour finals, both on clay. She had recently retired in the quarter-final of the Italian Open. In the 2019 and 2020 French Open, Zidansek was ousted in the first round itself. She now has a win-loss record of 8-8 at Slams.
Zidansek presented an early break-point to Badosa and went 3-0 down. She changed gears from there on and made it 3-3. Both players broke each other next before Zidansek sealed the first set 7-5. Zidansek had a 4-2 lead in the second set but Badosa made a comeback to win the next four games. The final set went deep as Zidansek prevailed 8-6.
Both players had one ace each, with Badosa making a staggering eight double faults. Zidansek had a 60% win on the first serve, whereas Badosa had a better tally on the second serve (54%). Zidansek converted eight of the 13 break-points. She won 114 points and 19 games. Notably, Badosa won the most points in a row (10). Zidansek won 65 service points.
The 23-year-old Zidansek has become the first woman from Slovenia to make the final four at a Grand Slam. She is also the first quarter-finalist from Slovenia after overcoming Sorana Cirstea 7-6(4), 6-1. Notably, this was the first career meeting between Zidansek and Badosa.
"I was struggling a little bit [at the end of the second] but in the third set I managed to get my groove, and I was fighting really well," said Zidansek after her hard-fought win.