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Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko to contest French Open semi-final

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 02:47

Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist here in 2015, will next meet 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final.

She aimed to celebrate her 20th birthday come Thursday by making the semi-final, the first unseeded woman to reach any Major semi since 2001.

She has yet to win a WTA title and her best run at a Grand Slam before arriving in Paris was reaching the third round at this year's Australian Open. Against Ostapenko, Wozniacki only had to keep the ball in play to race to a 5-0 lead in the first set as the former found it hard to keep her eyes open. Another Chinese women's player Xu Yifan and her French partner Fabrice Martin lost to the French duo of Chloe Paquet and Benoit Paire 6-2, 5-7, 10-5 in the first round of mixed doubles.

She is looking to become the first player since Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open to win their first tour-level title at a major tournament.

Her serve was booming, and if she can continue that against Wozniacki and get a fast start, the momentum will continue to play a factor.

11 seed for the women, lost a three-set match against the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. The Swiss won a 22-stroke rally with a backhand smash, Mladenovic came back from two break points with another wonderful rally, and would battle though four deuces and another break point before Bacsinszky fired a cracking backhand victor to edge the break.

The Philippe-Chatrier crowd was far less hostile than the one suffered by poor Muguruza in her last-16 meeting with Mladenovic, which saw the Spaniard break down in tears, on Suzanne-Lenglen. Bacsinszky won 6-4, 6-4. A backhand bunted wide gave Bacsinszky a 5-3 lead, and forced Mladenovic to serve to stay in the hunt.


The rain then came again, undoubtedly to the 30th seed's annoyance, but she kept her nerve and got over the line.

Yesterday's scheduled men's quarter-finals involving Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were postponed until this morning.

If Ostapenko's aggressive style of play initially appeared ill-suited to the gusty conditions, it was not long before she found her feet, winning four games in succession.

But she handed the advantage straight back in the fifth game and the Swiss player went on to claim the opening set on an ace after 63 minutes on court.

Mladenovic endured a rollercoaster tournament filled with ups and downs, and she was very emotional on the court on Tuesday, almost bursting into tears just before the second rain delay.

Having trailed 5-0 in the first set, Ostapenko rallied to 5-4 before losing the set 6-4. Ostapenko hopes to make her first ever grand slam semifinal appearance. "I think we are going to see a lot more of her in the future", Wozniacki said. "I feel really privileged", Bacsinszky said. "I am going to enjoy it, but I will have (birthday celebration) plans after the tournament".

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