Out-of-nowhere Ostapenko to play for French Open title

Out-of-nowhere Ostapenko to play for French Open title

"I was scared, because they told me that it's broken", said Halep, who said she still feels pain during matches.

"It's nice to be back in the finals, I hope this time I can play better".

The 2014 runner-up, who saved a match point in the previous round, will become world number one if she defeats Jelena Ostapenko, the daredevil Latvian who blazed her way to Saturday's final.

Ostapenko was well into uncharted territory, ranked 47th and having never been past the third round at a Grand Slam before, but she relished the big stage. I'm looking forward to playing it.

Halep, who is seeded third, had taken the first set 6-4.

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Ostapenko is the first Latvian Grand Slam finalist and the youngest at any Grand Slam since Caroline Wozniacki in NY eight years ago.

The Romanian was under pressure early in the decider but finally chased down a forehand and fired a brilliant cross-court victor to grab a 3-1 lead.

Simona Halep battled past Karolina Pliskova to set a final clash with Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros.

Ostapenko then broke early in the second set but Bacsinszky won the last four games and levelled the match when her opponent double faulted. Ostapenko cracked 50 winners and recovered nicely after dropping the second set.

It looked like the same might happen in the third when Bacsinszky fought back from 3-1 to 3-3 but Ostapenko had learned her lesson and clinched victory with a forehand into the corner, her 50th victor.

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Mixed in with her scintillating winners, including forehands faster than anything men's world number one Andy Murray has managed here so far, were 45 unforced errors, some of which could have been included in a video nasty.

She held her nerve to serve it out, ending the contest with an unreturnable serve, triggering a big roar from the Romanian flag-waving fans on Court Philippe Chatrier. I expect her to give everything she has, to hit all the balls, to play with confidence. The most unbelievable part of Vinci's participation in the final was that she stunned Serena Williams in the semifinals, ending the American's attempt to pull off a calendar-year Grand Slam.

PARIS, June 8 On the morning of the women's French Open semi-finals on Thursday seven-times champion Chris Evert said the moment had arrived for a player to step up and seize an opportunity that may not come around again for a while. She is not one to back down.

Bacsinszky received treatment on her right knee and consulted with the tournament doctor.

Should she beat Halep, it would be her first title - emulating the feat of Brazilian great Gustavo Kuerten who also announced himself to the world by opening his account at Roland Garros in 1997. I won the first set and was very close to making the final and some thoughts were in my mind.

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