On Court Suzanne Lenglen, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was 6-4, 2-5 up against 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. “To play in the semi-final of Roland Garros on your birthday, it’s really nice”, said Ostapenko. Last night I went to bed more or less at 11:00.
Bacsinszky, meanwhile, can now look forward to a second French Open semi-final in three years.
The men’s quarter-finals featuring nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and holder Novak Djokovic were postponed until Wednesday after two rain delays disrupted Tuesday’s play.
Always rigidly upright, with a clenched right fist to celebrate a point won, and a long, blonde, plaited ponytail swinging down her back, there are many similarities between Mladenovic and Pierce, the last homegrown champion.
Ostapenko has never made the semis of a major.
The 19-year-old lost the first five games of the match but clawed her way back to win 4-6 6-2 6-2 and set up a last four encounter with 30th-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. After a quick hold, Wozniacki broke Ostapenko to 15, but she didn’t have it all her own way on serve as she saved five break points in her next two service games.
That came at the end of an agitated night for Bacsinszky, who explained her nightmare.
After a three-hour suspension, the two matches were halted once again by a brief rain around 7 p.m.
Seventh-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna won the mixed doubles title at the French Open.
Both players struggled in the blustery conditions in the first part of the match but the French 24-year-old in particular lacked the intensity and power of her Muguruza win. She kept the momentum and it Wozkiacki looked nearly relived when torrential rain lashed the court causing a three-hour delay.
Wozniacki, playing in her second quarter-final at the French, had no solution once her opponent found her range.
Bacsinszky needed just two sets to get past local favourite Kristina Mladenovic, winning 6-4, 6-4.
Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open.
The first women’s semifinal match at the French Open is underway.
Latvia’s teenage firecracker Jelena Ostapenko recovered from a awful start to blaze past former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki into the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday.
The skies opened with Mladenovic facing break point in the third game of the second set.
“I’m really happy to play here, it’s an wonderful tournament”.
“It was really hard because we had all the seasons rolled into one today”, she said.
“I remember that I had, like, three towels that I wanted to give to my siblings because I have three, but I forgot them in the closet”, she said.