Young, Gonzalez reach French Open doubles final

Halep's poise, tactical skills and refusal to concede on every single point made the difference as she prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a date with Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year-old Latvian daredevil who goes for the throat on every ball she hits.

It is interesting to point out that both Ostapenko and Bacsinszky will be celebrating their birthdays on Thursday as well.

Ostapenko then hit a winning forehand to secure her place in the final, prompting the crowd to sing "happy birthday" as she celebrated the biggest win of her career so far.

"Her chances are excellent if she plays with 90 percent of her ability, I think she would have a chance to win the whole thing", Wilander told Reuters.

Halep is the only break he took the first set, the second set Pliskova has already scored once at the reception, and in the next game played three break points and leveled the score in sets.

Simona Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the French Open semifinals on Thursday.

But the Romanian won five consecutive games and then saved a match point to take it to the decider, which she finished off easily.

The world number 28 put up a decent fight to take the first set against second seed Pliskova to a tie-break, but the 2016 US Open finalist proved too strong. I just tried to make her move more, to open the court, and it came.

She is also the first Latvian player to reach a grand slam final. That would be followed by the women's semis: Timea Bacsinszky against Jelena Ostapenko and then Simona Halep vs Karolina Pliskova.

"I never played against her". It was her 50th victor of the match, which also saw her make 45 errors.

"She's putting everything back", Pliskova said. I don't know how, but it was really good.

She benefited from Pliskova's clumsiness in the first set before the Czexch rediscovered her touch. The last woman to win her first title in a Grand Slam event was Australian Chris O'Neil at the 1978 Australian Open, and the last man to do it was Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros in 1997.

"This was my second time, so going forward, I think this can help me build more confidence".

Halep came close to a maiden grand slam title here in 2014, losing 6-4 6-7 6-4 to Maria Sharapova in the final.

After saving the match point, admitting later that she had not even realised it was one, Halep got another set point thanks to a wayward Svitolina forehand and sealed the set with an outrageous netcord that dribbled over.

Ostapenko, the world No. 47, is the first unseeded player to reach the final at Roland Garros since Mima Jausovec in 1983.

  • Julie Sanders