Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko upsets No. 11-seed Caroline Wozniacki

Spain's Fernando Verdasco returns the ball to Japan's Kei Nishikori during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Monday The Latest: Nadal into semifinals as Carreno Busta retires
Vera Richards | 08 June, 2017, 00:45

Bacsinszky blasted Mladenovic's assertion that the Swiss was renowned for bending the rules, but she was keen to move on from the incident.

Timea Bacsinszky will take on Jelena Ostapenko in the last-four at Roland Garros after respective wins over Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Wozniacki.

The Dane took the first set on a rain-hit day at Roland Garros, but struggled with the constant delays as Ostapenko went on to win 4-6 6-2 6-2. "I felt quite confident after we stopped in the third set and I won five games in a row".

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

She belted 38 winners and made 50 unforced errors as she threw caution to the wind with a high-risk approach that Denmark's conservative 11th seed Wozniacki had no answer to. "My favourite one is Samba", said Ostapenko. She was playing really good. "And I think the courts I play are much bigger".

Mladenovic then came back from the brink and got herself on the scoreboard in the third game, fending off a break point with a volley victor and eventually saw her holding serve and lessening the deficit after 17 minutes of play. This is the first Grand Slam tournament since the 1979 Australian Open that none of the eight women's quarterfinalists had won a major title. The expected sonic wave of support had not yet materialised, although at each change of ends more and more spectators flooded in, sated by their sacred French lunches."Kiki-Kiki-Kiki" rumbled around the stadium, and the 24-year-old levelled matters up with a break of her own.Eighty kilometre per hour winds gusted through the grounds as both players, skidding through clouds of clay, picked grit out of their eyes.The conditions were far from flawless. "It is my first semifinalist ever. I am going to enjoy it, but I will have (birthday celebration) plans after the tournament".

Bacsinszky also celebrates a birthday Thursday.

First at Court Philippe Chatrier is No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. "So I think if I keep it up, I think anything can happen".

I'm really happy and proud.

It is windy on both courts and dust from the clay is getting in players' eyes.

A three-hour delay ensued - the French Open is the lone grand slam without a roof, though that will finally change in 2020 - the type that can so often switch momentum in matches.

"The one thing we did when Ivan [Lendl, his coach] got here, we went right back to the basics", said Murray yesterday.

"We had a hurricane, a sandstorm and nearly snow", she said before adding that coming from Switzerland, it wasn't hard to adapt.

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