Pavlyuchenkova makes first Grand Slam final

Russian 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova continued her late bloom by reaching first Grand Slam final with over Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek in the French Open last four.

Pavlyuchenkova, 29, was dominant junior player but had never previously reached Grand Slam semi-final.

Against another debutant at this stage, she 7-5 6-3 on the Paris clay.

Pavlyuchenkova will face Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari or Czech Barbora Krejcikova, play later on Thursday.

Those players are also competing in Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.

It is the first time since 1978 – and only the second time in the Open era – that Grand Slam ’s singles has had four semi-final debutants.

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