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

Ross Houston
June 17, 2017

The Latvian is hoping to become the first player since Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open to win their first tour-level title at a Grand Slam.

"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.

"We are good friends, because we played the doubles in China past year, and that's how I got to know her", said Ostapenko.

The last teenager to advance to the semifinals at Roland Garros was Ana Ivanovic 10 years ago.

Swiss Bacsinszky, also a birthday girl who is 28 today, will be making her second semi-final appearance in three years at the French Open.

Thursday is the birthday of upset winners Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko, who will face each other in the French Open semifinals that afternoon. She is coached by another player who prospered on the red clay here - Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, who won two French Open doubles titles. She served out the set, fending off a break chance, with an ace, 6-4: It had taken a riveting 65 minutes.


The names of the other two semifinalists of Roland Garros-2017 will be known tomorrow - for tickets to the next stage of the tournament will play Elina Svitolina, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia.

"But it's good to be nervous ― it shows that I am not a robot".

Andy Murray is also in action today in a reprise of last year's US Open quarter-final against Kei Nishikori.

The women's tournament will have a first time Grand Slam champion on Saturday.

After the second restart of the match, Bacsinszky sealed her place in the semifinals for the second time in three years with a 6-4 victory in the second set.

"I have to take it one step at a time and just - I'm still in the semi-final, and it's going to be a hard match". Mladenovic was hoping to be the first French to win at Rolland Garros since Mayy Pierce in 2000 but was completely outclassed by her Swiss opponent.


The Danish 11th seed charged into a 5-0 lead in the opening set, blowing two set points as Ostapenko reeled off four straight games before Wozniacki finally wrapped it up. The first rain delay lasted three hours, while the second delay was half an hour.

"Maybe her game suits these kind of conditions better, so, you know, at times when I wanted to be more aggressive, I did too many errors".

Zhang suffered an early break in the first game with a poor backhand attack, before both players traded advantage to force a tiebreak, where Kuznetsova took the initiative at 5-1 before the Chinese won three points in a row.

Then again, this was a matchup that clearly suits Ostapenko: She is now 4-0 against Wozniacki.

However, Ostapenko responded in the second set, breaking the world number 12 twice as she moved 5-2 ahead before rain.


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