French Open 2017, Day 10 as it happened: Timea Bacsinszky, Jelena Ostapenko reach semi-finals

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French Open 2017, Day 10 as it happened: Timea Bacsinszky, Jelena Ostapenko reach semi-finals
  • 00:06 (IST)

    That's it from us today! Thank you for following along on what seemed like a frustrating day of tennis but then gave us two incredible winners. Do tune in tomorrow for the remaining quarter-finals. 

    Au voir! 

  • 00:04 (IST)

    Before we say goodbye, here's our image of the day.  A very emotional Timea Bacsinszky after her win. It's been a very difficult year for the Swiss player, but she has redeemed it with another semi-final appearance at Roland Garros.

  • 23:54 (IST)

    Here's the Order of Play for Wednesday! It's going to be one hectic, packed and entertaining day. 

    Court Philippe Chatrier (11.00 AM local/2.30 PM IST)

    Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x20) v Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) 

    Not before 2.00 PM local (5.30 PM IST)

    Women's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Caroline Garcia (FRA x28) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2)

    Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Andy Murray (GBR x1) v Kei Nishikori (JPN x8)

    Court Suzanne Lenglen (11.00 AM local/2.30 PM IST)

    Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) v Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)

    Not before 2.00 PM local (5.30 PM IST)

    Women's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) v Simona Halep (ROM x3)

    Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

    Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) v Marin Cilic (CRO x7)

  • 23:50 (IST)

    Ostapenko enters first Grand Slam semi-final

    Teenager Jelena Ostapenko advanced to the semi-finals of the French Open by rallying past former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

    Ostapenko is the first woman from Latvia to make it to a Grand Slam semi-final in the professional era. At age 19, the 47th-ranked Ostapenko is also the youngest player in the tournament.

    As she often has since the start of the tournament, Ostapenko took many risks, hitting 38 winners to make up for her 50 unforced errors on court Suzanne Lenglen.

    That dangerous approach paid dividends as she hit a crosscourt forehand winner then a backhand down the line to break for 5-2 in the decider. She served out the match at love.

    The last teenager to advance to the semi-finals at Roland Garros was Ana Ivanovic 10 years ago. Ostapenko also celebrates her birthday on Thursday. 

  • 23:40 (IST)

    Here's a recap of the first women's quarter-final:

    Timea Bacsinszky will celebrate her 28th birthday by playing in the semi-finals of the French Open after a straight-set victory over home favorite Kristina Mladenovic.

    Bacsinszky beat 13th-seeded Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in a match which was twice delayed by rain.

    Mladenovic appeared to deal better with the initial delay. She fought off break point to hold at the start of the second set and then immediately broke.

    But Bacsinszky broke back. The Swiss player then won 12 of the 15 points before rain started falling again.

    Bacsinszky almost dropped her serve but held on and won the match when Mladenovic hit a forehand wide. 

  • 23:31 (IST)

    So, one of Timea Bacsinszky or Jelena Ostapenko will reach her first Grand Slam final. 

  • 23:29 (IST)

    The semi-final will be on her Ostapenko's 20th birthday. What an occasion that is going to be!

     

  • 23:27 (IST)

  • 23:27 (IST)

    19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko makes her 1st Grand Slam semi-final with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki.

  • 23:23 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Ostapenko is racing away with the third set!

    She is obliterating Wozniacki's serves, and she breaks for a 5-2 lead in the third.

  • 23:22 (IST)

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  • 23:20 (IST)

  • 23:19 (IST)

    30th seed Timea Bacsinszky defeats 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 to mae the French Open semi-finals!

  • 23:16 (IST)

    Ostapenko breaks for 3-2

    The 19-year-old has taken the lead in this deciding third set. She is three games away from her 3rd straight win over Caroline Wozniacki and a spot in the Roland Garros semi-finals. 

  • 23:13 (IST)

    Bacsinszky and Mladenovic hold apiece and now the Swiss woman will serve for a place in the semi-final!

  • 23:03 (IST)

    Play set to resume once again!

    The skies have cleared up and the players are back on court, warming up. 

    It finally looks like we might see at least one of these matches reach an end.

  • 22:48 (IST)

  • 22:47 (IST)

    Sigh. Just when we thought we could get through the women's matches today.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    PLAY SUSPENDED AGAIN

    The covers are quickly back on the courts as it starts to rain once again at Roland Garros. Both the women's quarter-finals have been suspended. 

    Scores when play was halted:

    Mladenovic 4-6, 3-4* Bacsinszky 

    Ostapenko 4-6, 6-2, *1-2 Wozniacki 

  • 22:36 (IST)

    Wozniacki holds for 2-1

    Wozniacki saves a break point and doesn't give in to some brutal hitting from Ostapenko. 

    The Latvian committed three unforced errors - two off the backhand - amd missed a big opportunity.

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Bacsinszky breaks for 4-2

    Poor game from Mladenovic and she is unable to hold serve. A few more errors creeping into her game and she's missing the lines by a hug margin.

    Bacsinszky just TWO games away from progressing to the Roland Garros semi-finals. 

  • 22:31 (IST)

    Stat time! Numbers from the second set between Ostapenko and Wozniacki. 

  • 22:30 (IST)

    3-3 between Mladenovic and Bacsinszky

    Meanwhile, on Phillipe-Chatrier, both Bacsinszky and Mladenovic have exchanged breaks to and it's 3-3 in the second set. 

    Mladenovic indicating that it is getting darker by the minute, making it difficult to play. 

    It is extremely overcast and daylight is quickly fading.

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Here's that splendid set point from Ostapenko! 

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Jelena Ostapenko closes off the second set in style. 4-6, 6-2.

    The 19-year-old hits a sublime backhand winner down the line at 30-30 to get to set point. She comes up with some amazing defence to return a backhand down the line from Wozniacki and she converts her set point.

    On to the 3rd set we go! 

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Jelena Ostapenko wins the 2nd set 6-2 after play resumes. We are going to a decider in this women's quarter-final. 

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Play resumes and Mladenovic holds for 2-1. 

    Mladenovic saves the break point she was facing with a huge cross-court forehand winner. 

    Bacsinszky sends a return long and it's advantage for the Frenchwoman. 

    Another deuce, and then Mladenovic hits a fine drop shot to bring up game point again. 

    She holds for 2-1.

  • 22:13 (IST)

    The players are back on court and warming up!

    Kristina Mladenovic trails 4-6, *1-1 against Timea Bacsinszky.

    Jelena Ostapenko will serve for the second set at 5-2, after dropping the opener 4-6 to Caroline Wozniacki. 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    Now that's a sight for sore eyes!

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Courts have been uncovered! Women's matches hopefully to resume soon.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Some good news after the bleak day!

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Don't forget, it's gala time at the French Open with the world champions' dinner taking place in Paris later on Tuesday.

    Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, who sealed the year-end No 1 rankings last year, will receive their awards from the International Tennis Federation at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in downtown Paris.

    Former Spanish players Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez will also be honored with the Philippe Chatrier Award "for their services to the game as players and coaches."

    They first teamed up in 1984 and won 44 tournaments together, including two Grand Slam titles. They later opened the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona.

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Updated schedule for tomorrow

  • 21:40 (IST)

    UPDATE: Men's matches cancelled for the day.

    Dominic Thiem vs Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal vs Carreno Busta postponed until tomorrow. 

  • 21:24 (IST)

    One more update: The time for play to resume has been further pushed back. No play before 10.00 PM IST (6.30 PM local time)

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Here's a recap of what's happened so far on Day 10:

    No 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland was leading 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 1-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier, while No 11 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was leading unseeded 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-4, 2-5 at Court Suzanne Lenglen. 

    Here's hoping play resumes soon. 

    The men's quarter-finals are still to come after these two matches are over. If they get over today. 

  • 21:02 (IST)

    No play before 9.30 PM IST. Another half an hour's wait at the minimum. 

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Meanwhile, there's plenty happening in the world of tennis off-court...

    Davis Cup singles matches would be reduced to best-of-three-sets instead of the current best-of-five under a proposal recommended by the International Tennis Federation board of directors.

    Davis Cup doubles matches will remain best-of-five.

    Other possible changes that will be voted on in August include that Davis Cup and Fed Cup finalists will have the right to host first-round matches the following year, and the costs paid by host nations will be cut.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Could we finally have some play?

  • 20:10 (IST)

    UPDATE: IT'S STILL RAINING IN PARIS.

    Matches will not begin before 5:30 local time, which is 9 PM IST. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Update: No play before 4:45 local time, which is in about 40 minutes. Fingers crossed! 

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Covers are still on. Doesn't look like play is starting any time soon. 

  • 19:18 (IST)

    Update: No play before 4 PM local time.

    It's 3:45 PM right now in Paris, so hopefully, play can get under way in another 15 minutes.

  • 19:01 (IST)

    Sigh!

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Play suspended due to rain

    Jelena Ostapenko was about to serve for the second set at 5-3 when play was called off due to a heavy shower.

    On Philippe-Chatrier, the score is 6-4, 1-1.

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Jelena Ostapenko is pumped up!

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Here are the first set stats from the Mladenovic-Bacsinszky match.

  • 18:51 (IST)

    In the other women's quarter-final, Ostapenko has taken a 3-2 lead 

    After three straight breaks of serve, it's the Latvian who has surged ahead. Wozniacki suffering a bit of a let down after the first set. Ostapenko is simply pounding the ball for winners. 

  • 18:48 (IST)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic can set up a semi-final showdown with victories on Tuesday. In his quarter-final, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Court Philippe Chatrier. Nadal is 3-0 against Carreno Busta.

Rafael Nadal slams a forehand during this fourth round at the French Open. AP

Rafael Nadal slams a forehand during this fourth round at the French Open. AP

"I'm sure he's going to be as motivated as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his best," said Djokovic, who has won all five matches, and 11 of 12 sets, he's played against Thiem.

"I'm going to be ready for that."

There are some milestones at stake, too: Nadal can become the first man in the professional era to reach 10 semi-finals at Roland Garros; Djokovic can reach a seventh consecutive French Open semi-final and break a tie with Jimmy Connors for second place with a 234th Grand Slam match win (Roger Federer's record is 314).

In the women's quarter-finals, former No 1 Caroline Wozniacki meets 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, and No 13 Kristina Mladenovic faces No 30 Timea Bacsinszky. Only Bacsinszky has been to the French Open semi-finals in the past, losing to Serena Williams at that stage in 2015.


Mladenovic, one of the pre-tournament favourites, has taken the crowd by storm with her never-say-die attitude and ability to thrive under pressure, and the hope on the Roland Garros walkways is that she will succeed Mary Pierce, who was the last Frenchwoman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

Bacsinszky, however, will be a tough nut to crack.

The number 30 seed reached the semi-finals here in 2015 while Mladenovic is playing in only her second Grand Slam quarter-final.

Here's the Order of Play for Tuesday:

Court Philippe Chatrier (1400 local/5.30 PM IST)

Women's Singles - Quarter-finals


Kristina Mladenovic (FRA #13) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI #30)

Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP #20) v Rafael Nadal (ESP #4)

Court Suzanne Lenglen (1400 local/5.30 PM IST)

Women's Singles - Quarter-finals

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN #11)

Men's Singles - Quarter-finals

Dominic Thiem (AUT #6) v Novak Djokovic (SRB #2)


Published Date: Jun 06, 2017 11:59 pm | Updated Date: Jun 07, 2017 12:07 am



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