Ostapenko to face Halep for title

Ostapenko to face Halep for title

"I'm really happy", Ostapenko said.

"I m not ashamed to say that she played better".

- Ostapenko took the first set 7-6 (4). The last woman to win her first title in a Grand Slam event was Australian Chris O'Neil at the 1978 Australian Open, and the last man to do it was Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros in 1997. I had played three in all my life.

After falling into a 4-1 hole, Pliskova managed to get the set to 4-3, before Halep took the reigns back and didn't relinquish them for the rest of the match.

The 25-year-old has since dismissed concerns over her fitness and finds herself one win away from a memorable maiden Slam title triumph that would also see her supplant Angelique Kerber at the top.

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.

FILE- In this June 5, 2004, file photo, Anastasia Myskina of Russian Federation kisses the cup after defeating compatriot Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 in the final of French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

The fast conditions have helped the Czech and, after Halep controlled the first set, Pliskova found her range on her big serve and forehand in the second.

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Bacsinszky lamented letting Ostapenko gain steam in the opening set en route to losing in the tournament's semifinals for the second time in three years.

In the other match, teenager Ostapenko, playing at Roland Garros for just the second time in her career, defeated former world No.1 Denmark's Caroline Wozniackion 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 53 minutes.

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier. "I was already in the semis, and I was just trying to enjoy the game and show my best".

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

Overwhelmed by the second seed's power in the second set, Halep regained the momentum in the decider, frustrating her opponent with her ability to soak up punishment.

French TV flashed up a great stat during Ostapenko's semifinal win Thursday over Timea Bacsinszky, showing the speed of various players' forehands during this year's tournament.

All of her big hitting — with a racket that has a white ribbon attached to the frame for good luck — gave Garcia fits: The last French player in the tournament made an eye-catching 31 unforced errors, to Pliskova's 13.

Mladenovic won her first WTA singles title in St Petersburg this year to add to her 2016 French Open doubles title. "It was a sharp pain at the beginning, but then I got some painkillers, and I got the tape that I have had on was helping me quite a lot".

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