Out-of-nowhere Ostapenko to face Halep for French Open title

Jelena Ostapenko stunned Caroline Wozniaki on Tuesday to move into the semi-finals and she faces Timea Bacsinszky on the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday with a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 win over Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.

- Bacsinszky took a medical timeout to receive treatment on her right leg while trailing 4-3. "I believe she has the game to beat top players, which she has done this year, but there's still some areas of her game to improve in order to win a Grand Slam", she added.

Halep, who was runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014, is a step closer to achieving both her goals at the French Open after beating Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. After digging her big hole, Halep climbed out by making an effort to drive balls deeper in the court and trying to make Svitolina move more.

"It's an awesome feeling right now", said Halep after her fifth win in six meetings against Pliskova, the world number three.

Czech second seed Pliskova would have become world number one next week had she won the second semi-final.

"She showed good nerves throughout the match", Evert said later.


Bachinski took advantage of the failure of her rival and leveled the score in sets. Ostapenko faltered when she tried to serve it out at 6-5, but the Latvian took the tie-break with a swinging backhand volley.

The 27-year-old Bacsinszky on Tuesday defeated Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes in a quarter final match, reports Efe. "It was a sharp pain at the beginning, but then I got some painkillers, and I got the tape that I have had on was helping me quite a lot". "I'm playing a young player - it is a big challenge".

It looked like the same might happen in the third when Bacsinszky fought back from 3-1 to 3-3 but Ostapenko had learned her lesson and clinched victory with a forehand into the corner, her 50th victor.

She's the first Latvian player to ever reach a Grand Slam final, and will be the first unseeded player in the Open Era to contest a Grand Slam final. Kuerten won that year's French Open - the first of three Roland Garros titles for the Brazilian - on the same day Ostapenko was born. She's one match from it and hardly seems flustered by the possibility. That contrast was on full display in the box score, as Halep finished with 14 winners and errors, juxtaposed against 45 winners and 55 unforced errors for Pliskova.

"This was my second time, so going forward, I think this can help me build more confidence".

Thiem dumped out defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia yesterday while Nadal is aiming to win a record 10th title at the French Open.

Ranked No 47 in the world, Ostapenko is the lowest-ranked grand slam finalist since Sharon Walsh at the 1979 Australian Open.

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