Anisimova blows Halep out of French Open

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Teenage sensation Amanda Anisimova blew defending champion Simona Halep out of the French Open with a shock 6-2 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals on Thursday, and immediately set her sights on winning the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

Third seed Halep, who had been looking to become the first woman to retain her title at Roland Garros since Belgian Justine Henin won three times in a row from 2005-07, never found a solution to counter the 17-year-old American’s beguiling mix of speed and accuracy.

The unseeded Anisimova, the first player born in the 2000s to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam, can become the first teenager to lift the trophy here since Iva Majoli of Croatia prevailed in 1997.

She next faces Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty, who beat American Madison Keys in the day’s other rescheduled quarter-final after Wednesday’s complete washout.

“This is honestly more than I could ever have asked for,” Anisimova, who won her first tour-level title on the Bogota clay in April, said on court at the finish. “That was one of the best matches I have ever played.

“Going out there today, I knew that if I wanted it I had to give something different.”

“I think she played great. I think that I have done everything I could today and in this tournament, I’m happy with the result,” a graceful Halep said.

“It’s not bad at all to make quarter-finals at a Grand Slam. Coming in as a defending champion, the pressure was on.”