History-maker Jelena Ostapenko to meet Simona Halep in women's final

History-maker Jelena Ostapenko to meet Simona Halep in women's final

History-maker Jelena Ostapenko to meet Simona Halep in women's final

Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko will meet in the women's singles finals at the 2017 French Open.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, right, congratulates Romania's Simona Halep with winning her semifinal match in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

On the other hand, unseeded Ostapenko became the first Latvian to reach a Grand Slam final after registering a 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in another semi-final clash.

"I'm really happy, I love to be here", Ostapenko said after the crowd serenaded her with a chorus of Happy Birthday.

“I hope this time I can play better, ” Halep said, “and I can win it.”.

If Halep is unaware of the dangers that confront her, she should study Ostapenko's win over Wozniacki in the quarter-finals on Tuesday and the fashion in which she cooled Timea Bacsinszky when she was getting hot.

The 2017 champion will be a first-time major victor while victory will also crown Halep as the new world number one, replacing Angelique Kerber.

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. A trainer taped up her leg; Bacsinszky took painkilling medicine.

Ostapenko is yet to win a World Tour title.

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Leading 3-1 in the deciding set, she had a game point for 4-1, but could not convert as Bacsinszky restored parity at 3-3.

Following a last eight win over Denmark's former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, Ostapenko became the first teenager to reach the penultimate stage of the Grand Slam event since 2007, when Serbia's Ana Ivanovic achieved the feat.

Halep could have won the first set easier if she had converted break points in the fifth and ninth game.

Halep reunited with Cahill in Madrid after the Adelaide mentor walked away following her mid-match emotion in Miami. "It probably helped me to win today".

"It's an awesome feeling", she said.

With her back to the wall, Pliskova upped her game and she broke back to trail 4-3 with a nice forehand crosscourt victor, only for Halep to steal her serve in the following game, when the Czech made a dog's dinner of a routine forehand.

Ostapenko's forehand formed a stable foundation for her path to victory in the end, while Bacsinszky will have to be content with only matching, and not beating, her career-best finish at a Grand Slam. In the victory, Halep won 71 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points.

And it is the Romanian who will have that opportunity after she proved just the stronger in the deciding set. Oh, you want more pressure? The match saw the pairing of Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna best the team of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah.

"I don't think we can ever see another guy like this", Kuerten said.

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