Play resumes at French Open after rain delay
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 1:26
The Swiss reached the French Open semi-finals for the second time, with a rain-interrupted 6-4 6-4 victory against local favourite Kristina Mladenovic, where she will face Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko.
The 19-year-old said at a press conference: "When I came here I didn't expect I am going to be in the semis, but I was playing better and better every match, so if I keep it up, I think anything can happen".
"To play a semifinal of Roland Garros on your birthday, I think it's really nice", said Ostapenko, who lost first round a year ago.
Bacsinszky and Ostapenko will both be celebrating their birthday on the day of the match, but only one of them will be have reason to cheer after they have done battle in Paris. "Of course, it's good to have conserved your energy, but for Thiem I think I'd have liked to see him answer a few more questions", the Swede, in Paris as a presenter for Eurosport's daily flagship show "Game, Set and Mats", told Reuters.
Wicked winds bent the flag poles and red brick dust was whipped up into the players' eyes in the opening games in which Ostapenko could hardly locate the court.
Unlike in her win over Garbine Muguruza, the home fans couldn't support her past another opponent.
Ostapenko's arrival in the final four on the eve of her 20th birthday was much harder to foresee.
"I'm really happy and proud".
After a delay of the best part of three hours, the teenager closed out the set on her serve to level.
"Lucky her, she's way younger than I am", Bacsinszky said.
"It was tough because we had to go away two times from the court", Ostapenko, the world number 47, said. Waves of weather - "We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we nearly had snow too", Bacsinszky said in her on-court interview - disrupted both players' games, but she said she was ready for a heavy surface.
The pair held serve to open the second set and, with Mladenovic facing a break point in the third game, the players were called off court after the dark grey clouds finally broke and heavy rain swept the stadium.
A year ago, Ostapenko lost in the first round of the French Open.
After play was suspended due to rain, she returned to action to cruise past Caroline Wozniacki. We had a sand storm, a hurricane and we nearly had snow too. The Latvian starlet clearly doesn't suit Wozniacki, who has already lost three matches against Ostapenko this season.
Play has started in the French Open women's quarterfinals.
Both players were gleaming with joy after the match as they face what could be the best gift or a birthday heartbreak on Thursday.
But their outings have been put back a day, joining the other two men's quarter-final clashes.