Teenager Ostapenko shocks Wozniacki to reach last four
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 3:50
There were, though, tears of disappointment over on Court Philippe Chatrier, where Kristina Mladenovic's hopes of becoming a first French champion since Mary Pierce in 2000 evaporated as she was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Timea Bacsinszky, the number 30 seed from Switzerland.
"At the beginning he was more a clay-court player, I would say, because we shared - his former coach is my coach now, so that's the only info I've got".
"To play a semifinal of Roland Garros on your birthday, I think it's really nice", said Ostapenko, who lost first round past year.
She will face Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in the semifinals on Thursday, when Ostapenko will celebrate her 20th birthday.
Heading into their quarter-final matches, each of the players had knocked out former Grand Slam champions as title holder Garbine Muguruza, seven-time major winner Venus Williams, two-time French Open victor Svetlana Kuznetsova and former US Open champion Sam Stosur were all sent packing in round four.
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.
The Latvian looked a little nervous as Wozniacki eased into a 5-0 lead in the first set, but pegged her back to 5-4 before Wozniacki broke her serve for a third time to clinch the opener.
She finds the fact that she'll be playing Ostapenko on the day of their birthdays fairly amusing. "I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday", Ostapenko said. "I just have to go out there and just do my best", she said.
At age 20, Jelena Ostapenko is the youngest player to reach the French Open final since 19-year-old Ana Ivanovic 10 years ago.
- The two quarter-final matches featuring nine-time victor Rafael Nadal and second seed Novak Djokovic have been postponed until Wednesday after rain disrupted play at Roland Garros. You would never have known it as she lost the last five games to exit 4-6 6-2 6-2.
The second resumed after a three hour rain break with the scores level at 1-1.
After a three-hour suspension, the two matches were halted once again by a brief rain around 7 p.m.
"The one thing we did when Ivan [Lendl, his coach] got here, we went right back to the basics", said Murray yesterday.
Spectators take cover under umbrellas as third round matches were suspended because of rain showers at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.
And on a heavily delayed Day 11, the first women's semi-final was set, with Bascinszky and Ostapenko a step closer to winning their maiden major.