Halep sets up final clash with Ostapenko

"I don't think many players win their first grand slam final", she said.

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

It was clear from the start that Ostapenko was going to be the aggressor and she edged a first set in which she hit 21 winners.

If Ostapenko, the world No. 47, defeats Halep on Saturday, she would become only the second unseeded woman to ever triumph at the clay-court major after Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her French Open semifinal.

After falling into a 4-1 hole, Pliskova managed to get the set to 4-3, before Halep took the reigns back and didn't relinquish them for the rest of the match.

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner fended off two match points on their way to a 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 victory over Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia for their first Grand Slam title.

When Ostapenko held for 3-1 in a marathon fourth game of the third, the job was nearly done.

Action is due to continue tomorrow with the men's semi-finals.

The first title of this year's tournament will be awarded Thursday at the French Open when Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah take on Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles final.


At times during a match of 16 service breaks the impetuosity of youth betrayed her as she seemed on the verge of youthful tantrums in the hot sunshine, especially when she lost four games in a row to lose the second set. The number two seed recovered in the second set however.

That being said, Halep will want to clean up her performance after netting only 14 winners against Pliskova, per the IBM Slamtracker, leaning somewhat on her opponent's 55 unforced errors to advance.

After a hard first set in which she fell to Halep, Pliskova battled back to level the match at one set apiece.

Halep rejected a mid-match comeback attempt from Pliskova to emerge the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victor, a feat replicated by Ostapenko as she ousted Bacsinszky with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 scoreline.

Ostapenko - who practiced ballroom dancing when younger - signaled her promise in tennis by winning the Wimbledon juniors in 2014.

"I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I (had) a chance".

It was an impressive recovery in stifling 28 degree heat, but wasn't enough to encourage the large number of fans who had abandoned their seats on Philippe Chatrier court to return.

"It is nice to be in the final again", Halep said. That means a loss in the final would give her one more shot as a favorite at a Slam over the next seven-plus months, which might feel like an eternity, depending on a host of factors. She is not one to back down. "The first match was a tough one (against Louisa Chirico) and I won it".

The 25-year-old Czech would have taken the world top spot if she had made her second Slam final.

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