Halep sets up final clash with Ostapenko

  • Halep sets up final clash with Ostapenko

Halep sets up final clash with Ostapenko

Should Ostapenko, who had never won a match at the French Open before last week, beat Halep she would become only the second unseeded player to win the women's title after Great Britain's Margaret Scriven achieved the feat in 1933.

Halep's win was not the story of the day in Paris, as birthday girl, the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko, continued her Cinderella run after her 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over the number 30 seed, Timea Bacsinszky, becoming the first-ever Latvian to reach a Grand Slam final.

Halep, who recovered from 3-6 1-5 in the quarter-finals against Elina Svitolina, was ecstatic after securing a place in her second French decider, having lost the final in 2104 to Maria Sharapova.

Jelena Ostapenko celebrated the ideal birthday present with a spot in her first grand slam final. Ostapenko has a chance to win her first career grand slam title at just 20 years old.

In what was seen as the most open grand slam tournament in living memory, it is perhaps no surprise that a real outlier has come through to reach the final. I hope to win this time. The Romanian, who will be No. 1 in the Race to Singapore next week and No.

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.

The second seed did find a way through to get the match back on serve at 3-4 but Halep broke immediately again and went on to set up a clash with 20-year-old Latvian Ostapenko.

The pair only teamed up at the US Open past year and made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.

Ostapenko and Bacsinszky combined for a back-and-forth match that saw surges from both players. I don't know how, but it was really good.

"But then, like, first match was a tough match, as well, and I won it". In the mid second set Simona dropped much, and she was broken in the sixth game as Pliskova started to play more aggressive and to make fewer errors.

"I'm really happy, I love to be here", Ostapenko, the youngest woman to reach the French Open final since Ana Ivanovic in 2007, said after former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and the crowd serenaded her with a chorus of "Happy Birthday". Svitolina said she felt the nerves during the contest.

The second-seeded Czech hit 24 unforced errors as Halep took the opener 6-4. "I think was a battle." said the surprise package. I'm not ashamed to say that she played better. "I think that's what made these matches more special". "I created myself some opportunities, but on the other side of the net she was playing quite well, and she was defending very well everything I was proposing".