Cool Zidansek gets semi chance
Tamara Zidansek believes she was able to keep her composure better than opponent Paula Badosa as she prevailed in an epic three-set battle to book her place in the semi-finals of the French Open.
The unseeded Zidansek had failed to go beyond the second round in eight previous attempts in Grand Slam competition, but she is now?1/1 to be crowned champion in Paris.
There were 15 breaks of serve in the match, but it was the world number 85 Zidansek who?kept her cool to reach the last four in the French capital with a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 8-6 win.
The Slovenian is 50 places inferior to Badosa in the world?rankings and her two previous appearances in the tournament had resulted in first-round eliminations.
But Zidansek showed her mettle by saving three break points to lead 7-6 in final-set before breaking Badosa to seal the victory.
The 23-year-old had dumped out sixth seed Biancca Andreescu in the opening round before recording wins over Madison Brengle, Katerina Siniakova and Sorana Cirstea.
Speaking after her dream run to the last four, Zidansek said: "It feels overwhelming. It's hard to take it in like this fast.
"It was a great opportunity for the both of us to get into the semi-finals, but I guess I managed to keep my composure today a little bit better than her."
And Zidansek insists she is taking it game by game: "Winning the first round was a big breakthrough for me. I got a lot of confidence from that. I just kept going match by match. Every day is a chapter for itself, you know."
Zidansek will face Russia's 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who came from behind to defeat Elena Rybakina 6-7 6-2 9-7, for a place in the final.