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'Shameful': French Open slammed over sexist 'disgrace'

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Halep holds up her hand and looks down in disappointment

This year's French Open also represents the first time that the top four in the rankings have reached the penultimate round since the 2012 Australian Open, when Djokovic (1), Nadal (2), Federer (3) and Andy Murray (4) starred at Melbourne Park.

Already the first tennis player born in the 2000s to get to a Slam quarterfinal, she's now the youngest US woman into the semis at Roland Garros since Jennifer Capriati reached the final four at 14 in 1990.

Djokovic dispatched Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Barty's unique style can be hard to deal with, especially for a player like Anisimova who has never faced her. Barty is 25-5 this year, including 9-2 on clay.

"Because especially for us players who didn't have one yet, because if everything goes quite normal, we have to beat two players with 15 or more Grand Slams each". Novak is in very good shape again, probably playing the best tennis of his life.

The packed men's draw at Roland Garros this week is at complete odds with the women's side, where none of the remaining players have ever won a major.

Thursday's victory over Zverev was a 26th consecutive one in Grand Slam action, and it will take a mammoth effort to end that run. Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's strong picks for the French Open women's semifinals, all from the tennis guru whose 60-1 long shot is still alive at Roland Garros.

He has a 6-2 career lead over Thiem and beat the Austrian in the Rome semi-finals in the run-up to Paris.

The daughter of Russian immigrants to the United States, she has been a rising star for a number of years and made her grand slam breakthrough by reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open.

However, the semi-final between Ashleigh Barty and Amanda Anisimova will be played on Court Suzanne Lenglen while Johanna Konta's match with Marketa Vondrousova has been shifted to the smaller 5000-seater Court Simonne-Mathieu.

"I knew if I wanted to win today I would have to do something different because it wasn't going to be easy", Anisimova added.

He took command of the match with another break in the second game of the second set and continued to produce consistent and accurate baseline hitting to prevent Zverev from working his way back into the match.

She's done a lot more than that.

The 2019 French Open women's semifinals bring unexpected matchups involving players seeded no higher than eighth, with nary a Grand Slam title among them.

But it was Anisimova who steeled herself, Halep who stumbled.

Keys, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros a year ago where she lost to Sloane Stephens, was undone by 26 unforced errors.

Barty is older, 23, but missed about two years on tour when she switched sports and played cricket. "It's a little bit of a new territory".

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