Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

French Open suspended by rain, Bacsinszky and Ostapenko into semi-finals

But the match continued in the same vein three hours later and Wozniacki was denied a chance to win her first Grand Slam title yet again.

Her opponent for a place in the final will be 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, who beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Ostapenko dominated play in the final set after the second rain delay to improve to 4-0 all-time against Wozniacki.

Ostapenko, who had defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 16, said: "When I came here I didn't expect I am going to be in the semis, but I was playing better and better every match so if I keep it up, I think anything can happen". "I think it's pretty cool, though".

Play began on the two main show courts at 2pm, and eventually finished at around 8pm as the final thundery shower scudded over Roland Garros in the high winds. In his quarterfinal, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta; defending champion Djokovic plays No. 6 Dominic Thiem in a rematch of a 2016 semifinal won by the Serb in straight sets.

"It was tough because we had to go away two times from the court", Ostapenko said, referring to the rain delays.

Ostapenko, a fiery, quirky Latvian teenager who is not on her best surface but has a big, aggressive game, is the second-youngest player in the top-47 (Ana Konjuh is six months younger).

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The No. 30-seeded Bacsinszky upset No. 13 seed and crowd favorite Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 6-4 in a match twice delayed by rain and hampered by gusty winds.

Ostapenko fought back spiritedly to win the next three games.

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Andy Murray is also in action today in a reprise of last year's US Open quarter-final against Kei Nishikori.

The 27-year-old, who also made the last four in 2015, overcame Mladenovic, bidding to be the first Frenchwoman in the semi-finals since Marion Bartoli in 2011, in a rain-marred game.

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The 20-year-old Ostapenko had never been past the third round at a Grand Slam tournament until this one. Prior to her exploits in Paris, Ostapenko's professional earnings stacked up to just over $1.2million.

Wozniacki, playing in her second quarter-final at the French, had no solution once her opponent found her range.

Insane twists of fate aside, the fact that we have a 19-year-old in the semi-finals of Roland Garros for the first time since Ana Ivanovic in 2007 is great news.

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.

Having clawed her way back to 4-5, the errors returned and Wozniacki took the opening set.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

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