PARIS (AP) — In the latest surprise at a French Open filled with them, defending champion Simona Halep was knocked out in the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova on Thursday.
“The pressure was on,” said Halep, saying she felt “nerves, a little bit stressed. … Maybe expectations from myself were big today and maybe I couldn’t handle the tension in my body, so I couldn’t move my best.”
The 51st-ranked Anisimova’s first Grand Slam semifinal will come against another player making her debut in that round of a major: No. 8 seed Ash Barty.
The Australian advanced by beating No. 14 Madison Keys of the United States 6-3, 7-5.
The other semifinal scheduled for Friday is No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Because a full day of play was lost to rain Wednesday, the women’s semifinals — normally Thursday, one after another in the main stadium — will be played simultaneously on the second- and third-largest courts. The biggest arena will host the men’s semifinals,…