Ostapenko powers into French Open final

Ostapenko powers into French Open final

Ostapenko powers into French Open final

Pliskova would have reached a second Grand Slam final and faced Ostapenko on Saturday for the French Open title - plus jumped to No. 1 in the rankings next week - but she lost to Halep in the semifinals.

However, with the final now set, Halep can turn her attention to Ostapenko, claiming the No. 1 seed and her first Grand Slam.

Having battled back from a set and 5-1 down against Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals, she survived another battle to beat second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3, ultimately making her clay-court prowess count.

Remarkably, it was also the birthday of Ostapenko's opponent Timea Bacsinszky, who turned 28, but it was the world number 47 who came out on top 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3.

On the other hand, Ostapenko becomes the first Latvian to reach a Grand Slam final with a win on her birthday.

Bacsinszky's scouting report on Ostapenko, a pal she played doubles with a year ago?

"But then, like, first match was a tough match, as well, and I won it". I'm not ashamed to say that she played better.

"I didn't think I would be in the final but every match I've played better", Ostapenko said.

"We need new stars", Evert told an event hosted by broadcaster Eurosport, for whom she is working as a pundit during the French Open.

At times during a match of 16 service breaks the impetuosity of youth betrayed her as she seemed on the verge of youthful tantrums in the hot sunshine, especially when she lost four games in a row to lose the second set.

Ostapenko crunched 50 winners to Bacsinszky's 22 but her raw attacking instinct also brought 45 unforced errors to the Swiss counter-puncher's 19.

"Thanks Anabel for helping me", she added.

During the first set of three tennis players have exchanged breaks, and at the tiebreak constantly attacked Ostapenko has played a more reliable and took the lead. I love to play here, I love you guys, you're fantastic.

"It's an awesome feeling right now", said Halep after her fifth win in six meetings against Pliskova, the world number three.

Despite failing to record a single ace while Pliskova notched seven, per the IBM Slamtracker, it was the French contender's unforced error count that proved her undoing, conceding a massive 55 to Halep's 14.

The Romanian was under pressure early in the decider but finally chased down a forehand and fired a brilliant cross-court victor to grab a 3-1 lead.

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 for their first Grand Slam title.

"In some moments", Ostapenko said, "I felt a little bit tight". Kuerten won that title - the first of his three French Opens - on June 8, the day Ostapenko was born.

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