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It is Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko in French Open Women's final

It is Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko in French Open Women's final”

There was not just a grand slam final at stake but also the world number one ranking.

They will face either 16th-seeded Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Ryan Harrison of the United States and Michael Venus of New Zealand.

Pliskova's array of unforced errors meant Halep had a comfortable start, breaking in the third game and holding serve in the following to open a 3-1 lead.

She was hauled back in the seventh game but Pliskova, her error count racing past the 50-mark, handed it back, allowing Halep to serve for the match.

But her impressive tally of 50 winners, including a bludgeoning forehand on her second match point, helped her become the youngest finalist at any major since Caroline Wozniacki in NY eight years ago.

For 30th-seeded Bacsinszky it was a second semi-final defeat in three years in Paris.

Pliskova saved a couple of set points at 5-3 - the first one with a service victor, the second by scooping a delicate inside-out forehand victor - to stay just a break down. Halep has won 11 of her last 12 matches on clay court. Halep will get the job done in possibly in straight sets.

The American questioned which of the last four survivors - Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Timea Bacsinszky or Jelena Ostapenko - would rise to the challenge of winning their first grand slam in the absence of so many big names. I made too many mistakes in the first set, but was later able to put my game together and become more confident about myself to pull out the win, " she said. "It probably helped me to win today".

The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semifinal. Ostapenko has a chance to win her first career grand slam title at just 20 years old. She tried staying in points until Ostapenko would make a mistake. After that first set we just stuck to what we do best. It was her 39th major tournament and she'd never been ranked in the top 10, until two days after the French Open. Bachinski took advantage of the failure of her rival and leveled the score in sets. Then US Open against (Flavia) Pennetta before that match. When she broke back for 3-3, she looked the more likely victor but Ostapenko upped her game again and stormed into the final. Also semi-finals in Wimbledon.

"Hopefully you've enjoyed that final, there were lots of efforts on both sides", Dabrowski said in an on-court interview.

In a stunning coincidence, the amiable Brazilian secured the first of three victories here on the day Ostapenko was born.

But her final thought was of her mother, who refused to travel to Roland Garros because when she visited in 2015, her daughter promptly lost to Andreea Mitu in the second round. The former No. 1 player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. But 20 years ago, he said Thursday, he came to Roland Garros hoping "to win one match". But Evert is clearly impressed and believes she has the game to profit from the uncertainty surrounding some of the biggest names in the women's game.

Austria's rising star Dominic Thiem will play Spain's Rafael Nadal in an eagerly anticipated match.



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