Latvia's Ostapenko into French Open semifinals

Latvia's Ostapenko into French Open semifinals”

The first woman from her country to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal - beating 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and 2010 French Open finalist Samantha Stosur en route - the 47th-ranked Ostapenko has not yet won a title on the WTA circuit.

The 19-year-old lost the first five games of the match but clawed her way back to win 4-6 6-2 6-2 and set up a last four encounter with 30th-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

"Lucky her, she's way younger than I am", said Bacsinszky, the No. 30 seed from Switzerland who defeated France's 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday in a quarterfinal match twice delayed by persistent rain and stormy weather for a total of nearly four hours. I saw her in the gym just right after our matches today, and so we both said, like, mutually to each other, "Well done".

Ostapenko, though, produced the required resolve when play resumed, with a double break putting her on the brink of victory, which she delivered when holding her serve to love as Wozniacki's return dropped wide.

Tuesday was a completely rain marred day at Roland Garros as only two singles matches could be completed. Now, she has gone step further than compatriot Anastasija Sevastova at last year's US Open.

And the ones with tickets for Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday will get a refund as the quarter-finals did not last over two hours. The opponent she faces in the semi-final, on the other hand, ousted local favourite Kristina Mladenovic. Then the Dane finished a crucial break in the 10th game to take away the first set 6-4.

And to keep things nice and simple the victor of Mladenovic/Bacsinszky will meet the victor of Ostapenko/Wozniacki in the semi-finals, likewise the winners of today's men's quarters.

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Thursday's encounter also falls on the day when Ostapenko turns 20 and Bacsinszky is 28. Ostapenko reached her first Grand Slam semifinal in career and broke into the top 25, she will be No. "I hope I can enjoy it". She responded by going up by an early break in the second set as the wind eased and was 5-2 ahead when play was halted for rain for more than three hours.

"Caroline is a tough opponent, I knew I had to stay aggressive, I lost it sometimes but I found my game".

She played her typically safe style for much of the match, winding up with 15 fewer unforced errors than No 8 Kuznetsova. The win is impressive for Jelena Ostapenko.

Second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was set to take on sixth seed Dominic Thiem, while fourth seed and big favorite Rafael Nadal was set to face No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta.

"Lucky her, she's way younger than I am", Bacsinszky said.

"She goes for her shots".

PARIS Suddenly a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time, Jelena Ostapenko sounded a lot like the carefree teenager she'll be for only a bit longer.

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