It's gala time at the French Open

In the women's quarterfinals, No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland was leading 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 4-3 at Court Philippe Chatrier, while No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was leading unseeded 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-4, 2-6, 2-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen when play was interrupted for a second time.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is safely through to the fourth round after beating Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.

Hello. Add your message here. Starting her Paris campaign against wildcard Jaimee Fourlis, the Dane had to battle for over two hours as she eventually managed to grind out the win in three tough sets, suffering a huge scare.

Play has been suspended on all courts at the French Open because of rain.

That delay lasted approximately half an hour. Ostapenko goes for her shots and plays flat.

The Russian No8 seed has a special connection with Roland Garros. She won 10 of 16 points played on Kuznetsova's first-serve in the final set, scoring successive breaks to roll out to a 3-0 lead in the decider. In the victory, Ostapenko won 67 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a three set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 25 games to decide.

Cornet has never advanced to the quarterfinals in 45 Grand Slam appearances. When I was younger the biggest problem for me on clay was that I found it hard to move on it. Wozniacki has matured more and is in a better place to close the matches she needs to. And the 27-year-old deservedly took the first set as her opponent struggled to cope with the occasion.

There will be a Frenchwoman in the quarterfinals of the French Open after Caroline Garcia beat Hsieh Su-wei to set up a fourth-round match against compatriot Alize Cornet.

None of the eight women's quarterfinalists, including those playing Wednesday, owns a major title.

The bad news, though, is the weather - showers are forecast for much of the afternoon. No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria.

  • Julie Sanders