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19 Junio 2017, 03:47 | Gerardo Tarin
Take the four who competed first, on a stormy Tuesday. Still, it was clear that she was up to the task against the 11th-seeded Wozniacki, who is 26 and has been to two U.S. Open finals and yet somehow seemed the less sure of herself.
The perks of being young and not yet scarred by the bitterness of many defeats can often produce fearless tennis and that is precisely what Jelena Ostapenko has demonstrated so far at the French Open. However, she lost her serve trailing 4-5 to hand the first set to Wozniacki. At 40-0, one final forehand ripped crosscourt was met with an errant backhand reply and Ostapenko had sealed her spot in the semifinals against 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky.
The names of the other two semifinalists of Roland Garros-2017 will be known tomorrow - for tickets to the next stage of the tournament will play Elina Svitolina, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia.
She put out no less a player than the defending champion, Garbine Muguruza to earn her best ever run-and Roland Garros could barely contain its excitement.
The teen will play against 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
While Wozniacki has been there and done it before, Ostapenko is just 20 years of age and ranked at 47 in the world.
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As the wind calmed, Mladenovic began asserting her aggression. Players wiped their eyes when dust kicked up from the clay court.
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.
Play has been halted in the women's quarterfinals at the French Open because of rain.
Mladenovic tried to look on the positives of her French Open campaign, which at one point had been in doubt because of a back problem.
The second started in similarly nervy fashion, with both exchanging breaks, before the Swiss broke for a 4-3 lead.
She compiled a whopping 46-15 advantage in winners against the 23rd-seeded Stosur, who won the 2011 US Open.
"Caroline is a tough opponent, I knew I had to stay aggressive, I lost it sometimes but I found my game".
"We had all the seasons rolled into one today", Bacsinszky said. "We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we nearly had snow, too", Bacsinszky told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. "I am sorry for the crowd but happy for me".
She finds the fact that she'll be playing Ostapenko on the day of their birthdays fairly amusing.
"And that we are sharing the same birthday".
"It's pretty amusing. I think it's pretty cool, though". Going in, she's tough to read, you don't really feel comfortable. The opponent she faces in the semi-final, on the other hand, ousted local favourite Kristina Mladenovic.
"But it's good to be nervous ― it shows that I am not a robot". But lucky her, she's way younger than I am [smiling].
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