Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Young, Gonzalez reach French Open doubles final


By contrast, her opponent, Anna-Lena Groenefeld will be appearing in her fourth mixed doubles Slam final and second with partner Robert Farah, with whom she was also runner-up at Wimbledon past year.

"I'm really happy, I love to be here", Ostapenko, the youngest woman to reach the French Open final since Ana Ivanovic in 2007, said after former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and the crowd serenaded her with a chorus of "Happy Birthday".

"I think she managed to play way better than me", Mladenovic said.

Meanwhile Bacsinszky is continuing with her dream return to the sport.

"Being aggressive is my style of game and I was just trying to play aggressive today", Ostapenko said after the match. "But maybe lucky me, experience-wise".

Yesterday's scheduled men's quarter-finals involving Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were postponed until this morning.

"But then I was just trying to be calm and just to try to play my game and just enjoy every moment". Her affection for the tournament enticed her back from burnout in 2013 after she'd distanced herself from the game and gone back to school to study hotel management.

Even though she is unseeded, Ostapenko's 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory could hardly be classified an upset as the 19-year-old Latvian has now beaten the Dane three times on clay since April, striking a combined 148 winners in the process.

Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko credited her passion for ballroom dancing for fuelling her breakthrough performance at the French Open. She was playing really good.

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The world number 47 said: "I didn't expect that it would be here in Paris, but I'm really happy it's here".

Nine-time champion Nadal is due to take on compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, while title-holder Djokovic faces sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

A three-hour delay ensued - the French Open is the lone grand slam without a roof, though that will finally change in 2020 - the type that can so often switch momentum in matches.

Ostapenko is looking forward to her birthday showdown against Bacsinszky, adding: "We are good friends, because we played the doubles in China previous year, and that's how I got to know her".

Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in the professional era after a shock win against Caroline Wozniacki.

A year ago, Ostapenko lost in the first round of the French Open. So it was a big drama, so I could not get into the plane without giving the towels of the French Open, and I woke up and I was sweating.

10 - years since a teenager last made the semi-finals at Roland Garros prior to Ostapenko's run this fortnight. Players repeatedly wiped their eyes to get rid of dust kicked up from the clay court. Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion, lost, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0, after having the match delayed until Wednesday morning because of rain.

World number one Andy Murray plays number eight seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, and third seed Stan Wawrinka takes on Croatia's Marin Cilic.

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