Halep and Ostapenko to meet in Roland Garros final

Halep and Ostapenko to meet in Roland Garros final

Halep and Ostapenko to meet in Roland Garros final

Remarkably, both players were celebrating their birthday on Day 12 at Roland Garros, with Ostapenko turning 20 and Bacsinszky 28 but it would only prove to be a happy day for the younger of the pair.

In the semi-finals, Simona Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and Ostapenko got the better of 30-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-6 (4), 3-6 6-3.

"I'm really happy with my win today and it was really tough match". While Ostapenko has been able to hit a ton of winners this tournament, her go for broke style has also produce a truckload of unforced errors, something a top tier player can take advantage of.

Halep is the only break he took the first set, the second set Pliskova has already scored once at the reception, and in the next game played three break points and leveled the score in sets. But Halep responded with a break of her own while Pliskova had a chance to tie the match while serving, and then finished out the match by holding serve in the final game.

Halep, the 2014 runner-up, was down 5-1 in the second set, then was a point from losing while down 6-5 in the tiebreaker but came up with a backhand victor down the line to extend the match. I hope to win this time.

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Halep will succeed German Angelique Kerber as No 1 if she tames the fiercely aggressive Ostapenko. That match will also be played Thursday on the Chatrier Court.

With the number-one ranking and the prospect of a first Grand Slam title on the line, it was Halep who grasped the opportunity.

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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.

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Armed with her new positive attitude thanks to some sharp words from coach Darren Cahill, with whom she made a swift reunion after a brief break, Halep has coped with the pressure well and battled through to a second Grand Slam final. "That's it. It's over", Halep said afterwards.

It was the unlikeliest of semi-final pairings, with world No. 47 Ostapenko never even winning a match at Roland Garros heading into the tournament.

But on the other side of the net will be Ostapenko, who's playing the best tennis of her young career.

"Bad luck. OK. It's a tough one", Bacsinszky said when she was informed of that margin, her eyes filling with tears. "I think we were trying to do too much as a team", said Bopanna.

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