She won’t turn 20 until later this month, but surging Czech tennis star Markéta Vondroušová is already turning heads at the Roland-Garros in Paris.
The quickly rising Czech star took down Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 in a competitive match on Friday afternoon to head to the French Open final tomorrow.
In a match-deciding tiebreaker following the second set, Vondroušová easily topped Konta 7-2, capping off her win with a decisive drop shot.
Vondroušová will next take on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the French Open final. Barty topped 17-year-old US rising star Amanda Anisimova on Friday to head to the final.
The women’s final will be held at 15:00 in Paris.
Unseeded heading into French Open play, Markéta Vondroušová has surged into the spotlight over the past month.
In the warmup to the French Open last month, Vondroušová topped number 3 seed Simona Halep in the Italian Open before eventually losing to Konta in quarterfinal action. The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková eventually topped Konta in the final.
But Plíšková, one of the country’s most prominent stars, lost early in the French Open to Croatia’s Petra Martić. Afterwards, two unranked Czech stars took center stage.
The first was Kateřina Siniaková, who stunned number 1 seed Naomi Osaka in the round of 32 before losing to Madison Keys in the following round.
19-year-old Markéta Vondroušová, meanwhile, surged through the tournament to exact revenge on Konta and will now play for the title.
Earliet this week, the World Tennis Association named Vondroušová their Breakthrough Player of the Month for May.
The French Open had recently come under fire for moving the women’s semifinal matches to a smaller court on Friday.
Due to rain on Wednesday, the women’s semifinal matches were pushed to the same day as the men’s semifinals – – and off of the Court Philippe Chatrier, the man French Open court, onto two smaller courts.
The change was labelled “unfair and inappropriate” by the Women’s Tennis Association.
“There’s no doubt that scheduling has been challenged by weather conditions and the WTA understands the scheduling issues presented at Roland Garros,” WTA CEO Steve Simon told members of the press.
“We are, however, extremely disappointed by the scheduling of both women’s semifinals on outside courts. This decision is unfair and inappropriate.”
“The four women who have played so well and made it this far have earned their right to play on the biggest stage. We believe other solutions were possible which would have been to the benefit of fans as well as all players.”
On Saturday, however, Markéta Vondroušová will ascend to the main stage of the Court Philippe Chatrier as she battles Ashleigh Barty for the French Open title.