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No comeback this time for Kristina Mladenovic

22 Juin 2017

The Swiss reached the French Open semi-finals for the second time, with a rain-interrupted 6-4 6-4 victory against local favourite Kristina Mladenovic, where she will face Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko.

"I went to bed more or less at 11 p.m.", Bacsinszky said.

The 19-year-old, playing in the main draw in Paris for only the second time, is the first teenager to get to the semifinals at Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

Timea Bacsinszky said there is a fire burning inside her and she is surprising herself after breaking French hearts to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals for the second time by defeating Kristina Mladenovic. She aimed to celebrate her 20th birthday come Thursday by making the semi-final, the first unseeded woman to reach any Major semi since 2001.

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.

Serving for the set, Bacsinszky opened with an ace, saved a break point at 30-40 then closed the 62-minute opener slashing her third ace out wide. "I hope I can enjoy it". Ostapenko will turn 20 while Bacsinszky turns 28.

Wozniacki is that rare beast: a twice year-end world number one-ranked tennis player who has never won a grand slam.

Ostapenko is not looking beyond her clash with Bacsinszky as she revels in an unexpected challenge for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.

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But Ostapenko found her mental resolve and clawed it back to 4-5 before Wozniacki broke to love to take the opener.

"That's why I really wanted to take no risks".

After play was suspended due to rain, she returned to action to cruise past Caroline Wozniacki.

Ostapenko dominated play in the final set after the second rain delay to improve to 4-0 all-time against Wozniacki.

"I'm really happy I still can't believe it", said Ostapenko after going one step further than compatriot Anastasija Sevastova at last year's US Open. She finished a total of three aces and 25 winners, nine more than her French opponent.

There were two lengthy weather interruptions as two men's quarter-final matches were rescheduled for tonight. The Latvian starlet clearly doesn't suit Wozniacki, who has already lost three matches against Ostapenko this season. Wozniacki has won five of her last seven matches on clay court. I have a lot of respect for her game and the way she's grinding.

The world number 14 fought back the tears as she left the court, with French hopes now left to rest with Caroline Garcia, who faces world number three Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday, while Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine plays Romania number three seed Simona Halep.

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