Unseeded Ostapenko to face Halep for French Open title

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko has reached the final of the French Open following a close-fought victory against Timea Bacsinszky.

Third-seeded Halep won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, clinching the victory on the first of her two match points when Pliskova sent a return long. Ostapenko, the world No. 47, is the first unseeded player to reach the final in Paris since Mima Jausovec in 1983. So far, Halep's ankle, injured before the start of the tournament, hasn't been a problem; she rolled her first four opponents without dropping a set and clawed her way back from a huge deficit in the the quarterfinal to beat Elena Svitolina. "I love to play here, I love you guys, you're incredible, thanks for coming to support me".

A tournament once shrouded in mystery, the 2017 French Open has delivered a sublime matchup for the women's final between Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko.

"Her life is like this: Everything very fast", said Ostapenko's coach, former pro Anabel Medina Garrigues.

While Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova follow for a place in the final.

Amazingly it would be her first professional title of any kind - emulating the feat of Brazilian great Gustavo Kuerten who also announced himself to the world by coming from nowhere to win at Roland Garros in 1997. "If she makes the final, she can be in the top 10, which is exciting for her", said Pierce. If Halep can get past Pliskova and then go on to win the title, she'll be the new No. 1.

The 27-year-old Bacsinszky on Tuesday defeated Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes in a quarter final match, reports Efe.

The contest was tight, Ostapenko winning 106 points to Bacsinszky's 105, but even that did not spoil the mood of the Swiss, who was obviously disappointed but dejected. For many years, big things have happened for me at Roland Garros.


The Czech finished with 45 winners to just 14 for Halep, but she made 55 unforced errors to just 14 for Halep.

Ostapenko took out Timea Bacsinszky, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

"I'm really happy", Ostapenko said.

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

Ostapenko fell in the first round on her main draw debut in Paris previous year but is one win away from becoming the first player since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997 to win their maiden tour-level title at a Slam. Ivanovic won the title at the French Open the next year.

Her improvement in the claycourt major bears similarities with the career of Russia's Maria Sharapova, a self-described "cow on ice" on the red dirt who still managed to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup twice.

The 31-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third-round match with a wrist injury, is the only man with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.

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