She became the first teenager since Serb Ana Ivanovic in 2007 to reach the last four at Roland Garros. I was happy for her that she was in the semi-final, as well.
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.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain was knocked out of the French Open when she lost 6-13-6 6-3 in the fourth round against France’s Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday. “Obviously it’s just kind of clicking this week”, Wozniacki smiled as she spoke to reporters.
“Kiki-Kiki-Kiki” rumbled around the stadium, and the 24-year-old levelled matters up with a break of her own. Ostapenko hopes to make her first ever grand slam semifinal appearance. I saw her in the gym just right after our matches today, and so we both said, like, mutually to each other, “Well done”.
While Ostapenko is on the rise, Bacsinszky is not long removed from almost quitting the sport completely.
Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 French Open on Tuesday, as poor weather once again ruined the organisation’s plans for the day. Another Chinese women’s player Xu Yifan and her French partner Fabrice Martin lost to the French duo of Chloe Paquet and Benoit Paire 6-2, 5-7, 10-5 in the first round of mixed doubles. A hard flat-hitter, she has learnt to play on the red dirt since hiring former clay-court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues as her coach.
“I knew”, the 47th-ranked Ostapenko said, “I had to be aggressive all match”.
Once more that “Kiki-Kiki-Kiki” chant was the soundtrack to Court Philippe-Chatrier, but it was a short-lived affair, with Bacsinszky breaking twice either side of a held service game, to lead 4-3 and serving.
An opening set where both players struggled to hold serve was sealed when Bacsinszky hit her third ace, and the Swiss held her nerve in the second set to close it out.
She moves on and will face Swiss tennis player Timea Bacsinszky.
Fighting through rain delays, Ostapenko reaches the semifinals at the 2017 French Open.
The men’s quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic that had been scheduled for Tuesday were postponed until Wednesday. “I like that about her”, added the Dane.
Ostapenko took only two of 11 break points in the first set, but was more clinical when the chances continued to come in the second set.
“I don’t think we can ever see another guy like this”, Kuerten said.
– Ostapenko when asked if her ballroom dancing competitions as a youngster helped prepare her for the big stage in tennis.