The first time final four, who will progress to their first Grand Slam final?

We have our final four and history is set to be made.

Former major finalists Madison Keys and Simon Halep were dispatched quite easily meaning the we will have a new Grand Slam champion on Saturday but who will it be?

Johanna Konta v Marketa Vondrousova

What an opportunity.

Johanna Konta has had semi-final heartache before but her form this year on the clay has been spectacular as she has fought and brought her best tennis back to the courts over the last month.

I watched Marketa in her quarter final with Martic and wow she impressed. Her groundstrokes are lethal and it is a scary proposition to come up against.

Expect nerves, this is going to be big. Without a doubt it is Jo’s biggest match of her career and for the 19 year old from the Czech Republic it is also her biggest.

Who will deal with the situation the best? With the similar strong baseline style both play there is sometimes the danger of going off the rails and with this big occasion expect a tough match.

Ashleigh Barty v Amanda Anisimova

If I were in Amanda’s camp I’d be telling her to go and play with freedom. That is the most important thing to do here.

Amanda is 17, I have no doubts she will be here again in the future. She is 17 for goodness sake and is in a Grand Slam semi-final. When I was 17 I was doing my A-levels.

Her game has been inspiring to watch. She is fearless. I will be doing a piece on her game soon and there was a backhand down 15-40 on serve against Halep which she ripped and I was speechless.

Ash is the top seed left remaining? Pressure? Of course.

She has to ignore it. Her journey here is something I will touch on over the coming days but it’s an incredible moment for her and she continues to improve week on week on the tour. I don’t think she has had the recognition she deserves this year and she has Rod Laver there rooting for her to which is lovely!

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