French Open 2017: Women's semifinal to take centrestage today

  • French Open 2017: Women's semifinal to take centrestage today

French Open 2017: Women's semifinal to take centrestage today

She ended the contest on her first match point with an unreturnable serve to reach her second French Open final.

Ostapenko took advantage of Bacsinszky's vulnerable second serve to pull ahead in the tiebreaker and ultimately claim the first set. "I'm really happy", Ostapenko said.

"I said earlier that I will play for two things: My first grand slam and No. 1 in the world", said Halep. I have the mentality to win, but it's gonna be tough. I think we relaxed a little more in the second set, and we started playing our game.

Here are a few fun facts about Ostapenko.

"Today I'm just going to have fun with my family and friends", said Ostapenko. Ostapenko's average was 76 miles per hour (122 kph).

No. 1 Andy Murray beat No. 8 Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1; No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 7 Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 Rafael Nadal beat No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-2, 2-0, retired (injured abdominal muscle). "I think we were trying to do too much as a team", said Bopanna. Halep continues to be aggressive with her return and her defense is the reason she's made it this far, as she forces her opponent to hit constant winners if they're going to win the game.

Bacsinszky, in her second slam semi-final, turned 28 while Thursday brought an end to Ostapenko's teenage years.

If she needed any more incentive, she can also become world number one by winning the title. But first up, India's Rohan Bopanna will be in action in the mixed doubles final with his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah.

She has a total lack of fear. She'll be the favorite in the final Saturday, and her first major would complement her No. 1 ranking nicely. She was playing hard and strong. Ostapenko took out Timea Bacsinszky, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. Not afraid of anything. So it was just have some free points. It comes that [high] above the net and in the corner. "I had no idea what does it mean". But she does it. She defeated the 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki to earn her spot in the semifinals, and she was decisive with her play at the net. The only set she has dropped was against Venus Williams in the Round of 16, however, she breezed through the next two sets losing just three games.

The Latvian is best known for winning the 2014 junior Wimbledon title and for being a bit feisty on court at times, although she has yet to win a WTA Tour title.

Thursday's triumph also enabled Ostapenko to become the first Latvian to advance to a Grand Slam final. She is not one to back down.

In a stunning coincidence, the amiable Brazilian secured the first of three victories here on the day Ostapenko was born. She has never gotten passed the third round of a Grand Slam.