Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Teenager Ostapenko shocks Wozniacki to reach last four

Caroline Wozniacki slides into a forehand Now, some unfinished business
Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 02:50

The 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory eased Wozniacki into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, matching her best performance here in 2010. 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.

Andy Murray is also in action today in a reprise of last year's US Open quarter-final against Kei Nishikori. She is a great competitor who stayed in the match and didn't give up.

The 24-year-old Mladenovic had never made it past the third round in Paris.

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. Bacsinszky played some of the best tennis we've seen of her this season, grabbing some much-needed momentum ahead of the semi-finals.

Meanwhile Bacsinszky is continuing with her dream return to the sport. However, she lost her serve trailing 4-5 to hand the first set to Wozniacki.

Ostapenko, who had defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 16, and Bacsinszky are set to meet for a place in the final on Thursday - which will be a birthday for both players. Wozniacki held the edge early, but after the first delay Ostapenko regrouped, taking the win, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. "I think she managed to play way better than me".

She finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth game, though, as her aggressive game clicked and she began to boss the rallies with a whippy forehand that Wozniacki could not read.

She has just dropped her serve and is trailing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko 4-3 in the opening set of the French Open semifinals.

The French Open men's quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been postponed because of rain.

Wozniacki next faces teenager Jelena Ostapenko, who is the first woman from Latvia to make it to the French Open quarterfinals in the professional era.

"At the beginning he was more a clay-court player, I would say, because we shared - his former coach is my coach now, so that's the only info I've got". "I feel really privileged". Bacsinszky banged a backhand crosscourt for a fourth break point and when Mladenovic floated a forehand the Swiss capped a 10-minute game with her third break. "I actually didn't expect that it would be here in Paris (for my birthday), but I am going to enjoy it and I will have (birthday celebration) plans after the tournament".

Ostapenko's absolute aplomb on the big stage may stem from a childhood stint as a competitive ballroom dancer (her favorite is the samba).

First set Bacsinszky took through the break in the ninth game and in the second game bounced back from the account 1:3 and finished off Mladenovic in the tenth game.