With the unbridled joy of a kid reaching heights she never has, and the go-for-it strokes of someone too bold to know better, an unseeded 19-year-old from Latvia, Jelena Ostapenko, beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the French Open on a rainy Tuesday to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.
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.
The pair eventually won their quarter-final matches after torrential rain interrupted the first two women’s last-eight ties in Paris.
“It was really hard because we had all the seasons rolled into one today”, Bacsinszky told reporters after the match.
“Lucky for her that she’s just 20 but maybe lucky for me as I have more experience!” “I’m really sorry to have knocked out the penultimate French representation”.
Teenager Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final after defeating Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the French Open on Tuesday.
The elation of the 19-year-old was clear as the feat of her achievement began to sank in, after a 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over the 11th seed in just under two hours on court.
“She’s young, playing well”.
- Swiss Timea Bacsinszky claimed the first set 6-4 against home favourite Kristina Mladenovic with the play stopped at 1-1 in the second.
High energy, fast feet and firm ball striking helped Bacsinszky navigating a tempestuous wind at the start, two rain delays and the pro-Mladenovic French crowd.
Both players were gleaming with joy after the match as they face what could be the best gift or a birthday heartbreak on Thursday.
Ostapenko, who had defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 16, and Bacsinszky are set to meet for a place in the final tomorrow – which will be a birthday for both players. With only four games on the board, Bacsinszky already had 10 errors to her name, but she would begin to manage the conditions better than Mladenovic to go on a tear of five points for the break, 3-2, and she held with a superb drop shot and a volley victor.
Then again, this was a matchup that clearly suits Ostapenko: She is now 4-0 against Wozniacki.
Ostapenko has beaten Wozniacki twice on clay this year, getting over the top in the Charleston quarter-finals, followed by the second round in Prague. The 14th-ranked Frenchwoman squandered a 40-love lead netting a drop shot as Bacsinszky broke again for 3-2.
The teen will play against 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the semifinals at Roland Garros. “Yeah, I’m going to enjoy it, but I will have plans after the tournament”.
Fans with umbrellas stay on court as rain delays play in French Open at the Roland Garros, Paris.
As long as Wozniacki can be more consistent with her serve, she’ll have a chance to win her first ever grand slam title.