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Top ranking and French final in touching distance for Pliskova

10 Juin 2017

Bacsinszky reached the Roland Garros semi-finals for the second time yesterday with a rain-hit 6-4, 6-4 win over home hope Kristina Mladenovic. Mentally, out on the court she is such a great fighter and is really hard-hitting. She left the arena in a similar state. I'm not ashamed to say that she played better. "We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we nearly had snow, too", Bacsinszky told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. I'm really happy to be in the final, especially on my birthday.

Wozniacki was magnanimous in defeat after her wait for an elusive first major title continued, losing a match which finished nearly six hours after they first stepped onto the court following two delays due to the weather.

In the other quarterfinal, 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki was outclassed 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 by Jelena Ostapenko. But her nerves jangled through a fitful night of sleep before the quarterfinal, and she awoke from an anxious dream sweating, convinced she was on her way to another tournament and had forgotten souvenir towels she'd set aside for her siblings.

Mladenovic dropped serve straight away.

Ostapenko has yet to win a tour-level title.

The conditions were far from ideal. Both Bacsinszky and Ostapenko celebrate birthdays on the Thursday of the semifinal.

"She's feisty. I'm no longer feisty".

But so too are there hints of the same brittle fragility that occasionally hijacked Pierce's game. She delivered rapid-fire answers in the interview room, smiling but obviously not as much in her element as she is on court.

Timea Bacsinszky has called a trainer on court after apparently hurting a knee while chasing a shot. For now, Ostapenko is the first teenager in the French Open semi-finals since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

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And another ferocious forehand helped her break back as Bacsinszky rallied at the start of the second.

For Bacsinszky, it will be only slightly more familiar territory.

Mladenovic was playing with tears in her eyes. And the Indo-Candaian pair wins the first game easily.

It couldn't have been a better start for the Dane as she raced out to a 5-0 lead.

Quirkily enough, while Bacsinszky turns 28 on Thursday, her opponent Ostapenko turns 20 the same day. Both matches lasted just under two hours in duration, but took the best part of six hours to complete after two rain delays - one that lasted for over three hours.

The two men's quarterfinals - Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta - that were supposed to take place on Tuesday, have been rescheduled for Wednesday.

There were two lengthy weather interruptions as two men's quarter-final matches were rescheduled for tonight.

Bacsinszky, meanwhile, knows what it's like to be on the semi-final stage, going three sets before losing to Serena Williams in Paris in 2015.

As a result of the downpours, all four men's quarter-finals will be played today with Andy Murray against Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka facing Marin Cilic.