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Switzerland’s Bacsinszky Reaches Women’s Semi-Finals On A Rainy Day

The world No. 47 is the first Latvian woman to make the last four of a Grand Slam in the Open era.19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko continued her run at the French Open on Tuesday, defeating No. 11-seed Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to her first Grand Slam semifinal.The 30th-seeded Swiss will play 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko for a spot in Saturday’s final. “I’m really sorry to have knocked out the penultimate French representation”. “I think maybe this [birthday] is one of the best ones – because to play semifinal of Roland Garros on your birthday, I think it’s really nice”.Ostapenko has exceeded expectations at Roland Garros, marching into the last four of a major for the first time by beating Caroline Wozniacki in a match which eventually finished after 8pm local time following two breaks due to the weather.The men’s quarter-finals featuring nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and holder Novak Djokovic were postponed until Wednesday after two rain delays disrupted Tuesday’s play.Bacsinszky nearly dropped her serve but held on and won the match when Mladenovic hit a forehand wide.Ostapenko and Bacsinszky will play each other on Thursday, which happens to be the date of both competitors’ birthdays.”She served pretty well, and then I just got my game back (so afterwards) I felt quite confident”.She said: “The magic has been happening for me here always – even the first time I came here as a little kid”.Wozniacki, who has never made the semi-finals of the French Open, led 2-1 again in the decider before another rain break.Mladenovic slammed her racket into her bag and left the arena as the rain started spitting, and groundsmen hauled the big, orange tarpaulin across the court.She held to force Bacsinszky to serve it out, and the Swiss was equal to the task, ensuring she gets to play in the semi-finals tomorrow – her birthday.Both players struggled in the blustery conditions in the first part of the match but the French 24-year-old in particular lacked the intensity and power of her Muguruza win.The Latvian, who turns 20 today, has charmed the Paris crowd with her go-for-broke attitude and game, storming through the women’s draw.Those last three words might as well be printed on posters to commemorate the 2017 French Open.”I’m totally comfortable with what I did and said during the Fed Cup”, said Bacsinszky, seeded 30th at this year’s French Open.”I lost it sometimes but I found my game”.The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point.”When I came here, I didn’t expect that I’m going to be in the semis, but I was playing better and better every match”.