Ostapenko celebrates birthday by setting up final date with Halep

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 10, 2017

Both players struggled on their serve in the final set, which had six of the 16 breaks in the match.

She has just dropped her serve and is trailing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko 4-3 in the opening set of the French Open semifinals. She doesn't measure maybe what she's doing right now.

Bacsinszky won the last four games to wrap up the second set 6-3.

Read: What now for Novak Djokovic after shock quarterfinal loss? But Ostapenko took charge in the third, dictating the action and taking the last three games. She walloped 50 winners beyond Timea Bacsinszky and threw in 45 unforced errors.

"I love to play here, I love you guys, you're wonderful".

"When I came here, I didn't expect I would be in the final", said Ostapenko.

I asked Halep at the end of the press conference if she's ever spoken to her manager and fellow Romanian, Virginia Ruzici, about her experience winning Roland Garros in 1978.

Simona Halep is coming off a three set win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide.

Halep could have won the first set easier if she had converted break points in the fifth and ninth game.

She was in pole position in the second as well but got understandably tight with the finish line in sight, allowing Bacsinszky to level. Pliskova fought off three break points in the second set to force the third set.

The world No. 47 will now jump inside the top-20 and can move up to world No. 12 if she wins the final. Halep was able to take advantage and ran out a deserved victor in the end. "I think I'm different player. Didn't have my weapons on my side and the movement was awful", Pliskova, who next faces former French Open runner-up Simona Halep, told a news conference.

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"It was a really tough match. She was more successful". Also semi-finals in Wimbledon (2014).

Pierce is picking Halep to prevail over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the semis and qualify for the Roland Garros final on Saturday. He retired from tennis at the tender age of 26.

The other semifinal match will pit top-ranked Andy Murray against 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. The two battled it out over five sets, and Chang in particular suffered from cramps and fatigue. Even those odds were pretty stingy, given that she was unseeded and had never been past the third round of any Grand Slam.

Groenefeld is looking for another mixed title at the clay-court major, having already won in 2014 alongside Jean-Julien Rojer.

Bacsinszkys scouting report on Ostapenko, a pal she played doubles with previous year? She wasn't sure she was going to compete at Roland Garros. "True love for Paris, for this tournament, for the French Open, for the clay, for the atmosphere, for the people here, yeah, many things".

Ostapenko is the first lady tennis player from Latvia to advance to the semis of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. In the summer of 1938 she was diagnosed with leukemia and died a few weeks later at the age of 39.

"Such a big event", she said.

This was followed by the period of dominance by Steffi Graf.

"To be in the final, it's just about happiness".

Ostapenko presented herself with the ideal 20th birthday gift by reaching a first French Open final after blasting past 30th seed Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist also in 2015.

She held her nerve to serve it out, ending the contest with an unreturnable serve, triggering a big roar from the Romanian flag-waving fans on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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