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Ostapenko, Halep in Paris final

09 June, 2017, 09:28 | Author: Greg Santos

"I'm really happy with my win today and it was really tough match". "I love to play here".

Bacsinszky fended off one with a swinging serve but Riga's finest made no mistake on the second, sending a forehand whistling into the corner to become the first Latvian player to reach a grand slam final.

Ostapenko unleashed several winners and was rewarded for having taken all the risks by winning the tiebreak 7-4. I had played three in all my life.

The only real sign of nerves came at 3-3 in the second set, when she dropped serve from 40-0 and Bacsinszky went on to level the match. With a win in the finals, Halep will become the new world number one. She fended off another set point in the next game but a forehand error handed Halep the set.

She certainly seemed more relaxed against second seed Pliskova and used her clay court nous to defeat the big-hitting Czech.

The firebrand baseliner is the youngest player to reach a major final since Caroline Wozniacki's advance as a 19-year-old at the 2009 US Open decider.

In the second set, Pliskova was able to break Halep to take a 4-2 lead after each player held serve for the first five games.

If Pliskova defeated Halep on Thursday, she would have automatically claimed the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings.

Her win over Pliskova was an interesting contrast of styles, with Halep's angles and movement pitted against Pliskova's serving and booming groundstrokes.

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With Bacsinszky serving at 3-5 Ostapenko, coiled like a spring, brought up two match points with an unstoppable backhand return that cleaned the baseline then smote a rasping forehand return victor that left her opponent flat-footed.

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier. "She was more successful".

Pliskova struck the ball ferociously, but paid the price for 55 unforced errors after being put under huge pressure by a relentless and vibrant Halep. "But what I like even more is her hunger, and you can see it on her face".

The Latvian is the first teenager to reach the French Open semi-finals since 2007 when Serbia's Ana Ivanovic pulled off the feat.

"In the third set I just wanted to stay playing aggressive". So far, Halep's ankle, injured before the start of the tournament, hasn't been a problem; she rolled her first four opponents without dropping a set and clawed her way back from a huge deficit in the the quarterfinal to beat Elena Svitolina.

A three-time champion at Roland Garros, Kuerten will be honored before Sunday's final when he will receive his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony marking 20 years since he won his first title in Paris.

"It was a really tough match".

And it is the Romanian who will have that opportunity after she proved just the stronger in the deciding set.

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