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French Open 2017: Jelena Ostapenko shocks Caroline Wozniacki

18 Junio 2017, 03:50 | Gerardo Tarin

In fact, one of them will reach their first Grand Slam final, with neither having gone beyond the semi-final stage and, incredibly, Ostapenko had never been beyond the second round before the start of 2017!

Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to ever reach a Grand Slam semifinal with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals of the French Open. "I think we are going to see a lot more of her in the future", Wozniacki said. "I'm getting more confident, so if I keep it up, I think anything can happen".

A staccato day of rain delays ended with world No 30 Timea Bacsinszky and unseeded Jelena Ostapenko lined up against each other for a place in the final.

As a result of the rain delays, Tuesday's scheduled men's quarter-finals involving Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were postponed until Wednesday morning.

But the 30th-seeded Swiss won the next three games to lead by a break, 4-3.

Bacsinszky will be 28 on the day of their last-four clash at Roland Garros, which the Swiss set up by dispatching home hope Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4, and the pair hugged after coming through their quarter-finals.

"At the end, it's a quite close scoreboard, 4 and 4, but I feel I'm very far from the game I could have shown". Wozniacki streaked into the lead on a sun-baked Philippe Chatrier court, running away with the first set as 2009 champion Kuznetsova struggled with her range.

Both players were gleaming with joy after the match as they face what could be the best gift or a birthday heartbreak on Thursday.

From there, the Latvian put on a clinic, racing through the final three games, her powerful groundstrokes beginning to take its toll on the Dane and after a second break, the match was halted for three hours as the rain began to fall. The field has opened up for a player like Wozniacki, and I expect her to take advantage of the opportunity.

Bacsinszky and Ostapenko got acquainted a year ago when they played doubles at an event in China, and they embraced when they saw each other in the players' gym after their respective matches. I saw her in the gym just right after our matches today, and we both said mutually to each other, 'Well done.' We hugged each other, because she's a really nice girl.

Wozniacki hit just six winners in total, and Ostapenko's bold approach paid off as the teenager continued her dream run.

"It was really hard because we had all the seasons rolled into one today", Bacsinszky said of a day that saw rain and hail.

Ostapenko has beaten Wozniacki twice on clay this year, getting over the top in the Charleston quarter-finals, followed by the second round in Prague. She was playing her third consecutive French Open quarter-final on Tuesday and is now into her second semi in three years.

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