Latvia's Ostapenko into French Open semifinals


One French Open semifinal is now set in the women's bracket, and it is going to lead to an extremely disappointing birthday for someone.

The world number 47 recovered from losing the first five games of a rain-ravaged match to outclass 11th seed Wozniacki 4-6 6-2 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Her opponent for a place in the final will be 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, who beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Ostapenko defeated former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 4-6 6-2 6-2 in a rain-interrupted quarter-final in Paris on Tuesday. She faces world No. 31 Timea Bacsinszky in today's semi-finals.

Jelena Ostapenko is coming off a three set win over Samantha Stosur that took 26 games to decide.

One Frenchwoman however does remain in the draw: The player Mladenovic won the doubles title with past year in Paris, Caroline Garcia, who will play second-seed Karolina Pliskova in Wednesday's quarterfinals. With only four games on the board, Bacsinszky already had 10 errors to her name, but she would begin to manage the conditions better than Mladenovic to go on a tear of five points for the break, 3-2, and she held with a superb drop shot and a volley victor. After a three-hour rain delay with Ostapenko down a set and leading 5-2 in the second, she forced a decider before yet another rainstorm caused another stoppage.

"It was tough because we had to go away two times from the court", Ostapenko said. Both Bacsinszky and Ostapenko celebrate birthdays on the Thursday of the semifinal.

- Ostapenko when asked if her ballroom dancing competitions as a youngster helped prepare her for the big stage in tennis.

England suffer friendly defeat by 10-man France
England do not play again until September 1, away at Malta in World Cup Qualifiers, before hosting Slovakia three days later. Ten-man France showed great fight, as they recorded a 3-2 win over England in an global friendly at the Stade de France .

Two rain delays - totalling nearly four hours - meant Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's French Open quarter-finals were postponed until Wednesday. This time the evening pause was much shorter.

Ostapenko will aim to give herself the best present she could wish for and spoil Bacsinszky's 28th birthday later this week.

"The one thing we did when Ivan [Lendl, his coach] got here, we went right back to the basics", said Murray yesterday.

For the first time since the 1979 Australian Open, won by American Barbara Jordan, every player to reach the last eight here has never won a grand slam title previously.

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.

China's Zheng Saisai and her Romanian partner Irina-Camelia Begu also saw their doubles quarter-finals put off until Wednesday. "Of course, it's good to have conserved your energy, but for Thiem I think I'd have liked to see him answer a few more questions", the Swede, in Paris as a presenter for Eurosport's daily flagship show "Game, Set and Mats", told Reuters.

Her serve was booming, and if she can continue that against Wozniacki and get a fast start, the momentum will continue to play a factor. "I was always playing aggressive and trying to hit the ball when I have the chance". "I hope I can enjoy it".

She took it when the Frenchwoman fired a forehand volley wide.