Birthday girl Ostapenko claims first French Open final spot

Birthday girl Ostapenko claims first French Open final spot

Ostapenko, who celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday, is the first unseeded women's finalist at the French Open since Mima Jausovec lost to seven-time French Open champion Chris Evert in 1983.

"I didn't think I would be in the final but every match I've played better", Ostapenko, whose dad Jevgenijs was a professional football player, told reporters. "I think it's a nice gift!" said Ostapenko, who is ranked 47th in the world.

For all her tactical skills, Bacsinszky could not contain Ostapenko, who hit the lines on multiple occasions in an aggressive style reminiscent of Monica Seles.

The 20-year-old's forehand was the shot of the match, and she continued to pummel the ball into the corners even at the biggest moments.

Halep broke early in the first set and held her nerve on serve. "I'm going to drink some beer, finally". "It was really tough to keep my concentration all day long".

The Latvian has been the surprise package of a wide open tournament having never previously been beyond the third round at a slam. In the victory, Ostapenko won 55 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. "I'm really happy", Ostapenko said. "It's not like you're going to get it for free, you know". It's too late. The circumstances two years ago were different when I lost.

"Rafa could potentially win up to 15 times", Kuerten said about Nadal, who has dropped only 22 games in five matches so far.

"I hope I can play better and win it".

It's Halep's second Grand Slam final and first since almost winning in Paris three years ago in an absolutely stellar title match against Maria Sharapova.

The Romanian came into the tournament as the favourite despite concerns over an ankle injury and knows a great opportunity awaits her.

Ripping a screaming forehand straight through the tennis textbook, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko blazed into the French Open final with a 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-3 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in a battle of the birthday girls on Thursday. I serve very well wide.

"I'm of course happy, but I'm not that excited".

In a remarkable quirk of fate, both women were playing arguably the biggest match of their careers on their birthday.

"But I can feel that I'm in the same position".

"I didn't think I would ever make it back. I'm happy with my performance".

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"She has fantastic timing", said Bacsinszky, born in the same city - Lausanne - as 2015 men's victor and this year's men's semifinalist Stan Wawrinka.

She said: "It's a big challenge, a big chance". "It probably helped me to win today". She's one match from it and hardly seems flustered by the possibility.

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