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Unseeded Ostapenko To Face Halep In Women's Final

20 Juin 2017

Halep beat second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the French Open final for the second time.

Halep's poise, tactical skills and refusal to concede on every single point made the difference as she prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a date with Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year-old Latvian daredevil who goes for the throat on every ball she hits.

Halep later edged Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3 in what was a high-quality tussle between the second and third seeds.

After advancing to the semifinals of the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on Tuesday, becoming the first lady tennis player from Latvia to ever do so, Alona Ostapenko said that this achievement is something which is hard to believe, but called tomorrow's match on her birthday as "exciting".

Ostapenko, who turned 20 on Thursday, becomes the first unseeded player to reach the French Open final after Mimi Jausovec in 1983. Pliskova got the serve she wanted on the second of two break points only to send a forehand long. "It probably helps me to win today".

"It is nice to be in the final again, I hope I can play better and win it". Halep just has to be more consistent with her serve in order for easier matches to take place.

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Halep, buoyed by the lifeline of saving a match point after coming back from a set and 1-5 down against Elina Svitolina in the last eight, settled faster than her opponent.

She was in pole position in the second as well but got understandably tight with the finish line in sight, allowing Bacsinszky to level the match. Her successful all-or-nothing approach saw her fire 50 winners and 45 unforced errors against Bacsinszky. This semi-final, I only tried to take the positive things.

In the mixed doubles final, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada lifted their maiden Grand Slam trophies as they overcame the opening set loss and a break deficit against French pair Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld to win 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on the match tie-break.

"I think I have the game". Halep - one of the best movers in the game - soaked up pressure and forced her opponent to miss: Pliskova committed 24 unforced errors in the first. That is 2 miles per hour faster than ATP world No. 1 Murray, whose forehand is not too shabby, and, wait for it, just 3 miles per hour slower than Rafael Nadal, who has built his career on his forehand.

"I think I would beat 99 per cent of the girls with the way I played today".

Ostapenko - who practiced ballroom dancing when younger - signaled her promise in tennis by winning the Wimbledon juniors in 2014.

In a stunning coincidence, the amiable Brazilian secured the first of three victories here on the day Ostapenko was born.

Unseeded Ostapenko To Face Halep In Women's Final