French Open 2017, Day 12 as it happned: Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko reach final

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French Open 2017, Day 12 as it happned: Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko reach final
  • 23:47 (IST)

    That's all from us for today! What a thrilling day of tennis it's been. Do tune in tomorrow as well for the men's semi-finals.

    Au revoir!

  • 23:44 (IST)

    Here are the match stats from Halep's win over Pliskova

  • 23:40 (IST)

    Women's final is set:

    [3] Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko

    No 1 ranking on the line for Halep, first Grand Slam title at stake for both.

  • 23:39 (IST)

    Simona Halep gets the job done!

  • 23:37 (IST)

    Simona Halep is through to her second French Open final with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova.

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    Pliskova broken after sending a forehand long and now Halep will serve for a spot in the French Open final. 

  • 23:29 (IST)

    Pliskova breaks back for 3-4

    Pliskova brings up two more break points!

    This match is far from over. 

    And she breaks with a superb combination of shots - a lob that Halep barely managed to return and Pliskova easily dispatched it past her opponent. 

    And we are back on serve in the decider!

  • 23:26 (IST)

    Pliskova with a must-win game and holds for 4-2

    After saving a couple of break points, Pliskova dials it up on her forehand to hold for 4-2. 

    That was a six-minute long game that had an ace and double fault from the Czech. It's all happening out there. 

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    Halep consolidates for 4-1

    Halep saves two break points and surges ahead 4-1. She is just two games away from booking her place in the French Open final.

  • 23:17 (IST)

    That incredible passing shot from a super defensive position!

  • 23:14 (IST)

    Halep breaks for 3-1

    Pliskova is the one who blinks first in the deciding set. 

    Halep breaks with a stunning passing shot! 

  • 23:08 (IST)

    A hold from each player to start off the 3rd set, 1-1.

    The level of tennis in this match has gone up in the last 10 minutes or so. Pliskova fighting for every point and hammering the ball at will. 

    Halep still very resilient and determined. Making for a great contest in the third set. 

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Take a look at the 2nd set stats.

  • 22:55 (IST)

    Karolina Pliskova wins the second set 6-3 against Simona Halep to force a decider in their semi-final.

  • 22:47 (IST)

    Pliskova wrestles out a hold to go up 5-2

    10 unforced errors from Pliskova while just one from Halep in the 2nd set so far.

    Halep immediately has break-back points.

    Pliskova gets out of trouble with a nice serve out wide and then hits a winner into the open court. Deuce. 

    And she holds for 5-2. What a huge game for the Czech player. 

  • 22:42 (IST)

    Plsikova breaks for 4-2

    A tiny swing in momentum as Pliskova wins eight of the last nine points to break Halep for the first time in the semi-final.

    But Pliskova still looks really exhausted. 

  • 22:40 (IST)

    A comfortable hold for Pliskova for a change, 3-2. 

    The 2nd seed holds at love. Now, she needs to put some pressure on Halep's serve.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Easy hold for Halep to make it 2-2.

    Pliskova should have done better at the net on game point but she ended up spraying it way wide. 

  • 22:35 (IST)

    Pliskova holds for 2-1 with an ace.

    The Czech player will need a few more free points on her serve to keep her chances in this match alive. 

  • 22:32 (IST)

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    Halep holds for 1-1

    The Romanian continues to hit the ball really well and is moving Pliskova from side-to-side, putting her off-balance and hitting winners off both flanks.

    She is determined to make her second French Open final.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    Pliskova starts off the second set with a much-needed hold!

    The Czech player needs to mix up things a little and try and limit the errors on her backhand side. She is caught a little unawares right now and doesn't seem to have a proper gameplan. 

  • 22:26 (IST)

    The point that won Halep the first set! Coach Darren Cahill is a happy man.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Pliskova's cross court forehand keeps drifting wide, and she committed 24 unforced errors in the opening set.

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Simona Halep takes just 44 minutes to win the opening set 6-4 against Karolina Pliskova.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    Halep wins first set 6-4

    Halep serving for the set at 5-4 and drops the first point with a backhand into the net.

    After a long rally, she wins the next point courtesy a Pliskova unforced error.

    Pliskova is trying to return as deep as possible to unsettle Halep but she has been too inaccurate so far. 

    Halep wins the next point to brig up two set points.

    Pliskova hammers a return winner to save the first. 40-30.

    She can't save the second and Halep seals the first set 6-4. 

  • 22:16 (IST)

    Pliskova holds for 4-5 after a long service game

    Gorgeous return winner from Halep to get to 30-30 on Pliskova's serve.

    A deep return puts Pliskova off-balance and she sends her forehand long. Set point, Halep.

    Pliskova saves it with a forehand down the line winner. Deuce. 

    At full stretch, Halep hits her backhand wide. Advantage, Pliskova. 

    Halep forces deuce after a very well constructed point, which she finishes by coming into the net and slamming the ball into the open court.

    Another error from Pliskova and it's another set point for Halep. 

    Pliskova once again saves the set point with an inside-out forehand winner. Deuce.

    Good serve from Pliskova to cramp Halep up and she has advantage. 

    Pliskova finally holds on the next point!

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Perfectly executed gameplan so far from Halep.

  • 22:08 (IST)

    Just way too good from Halep!

    The 3rd seed is playing at a really fast pace and is striking the ball beautifully. She leads 5-3.

    Pliskova will now serve to stay alive in the opening set. 

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Pliskova holds for 3-4

    Every service game by Pliskova has gone to deuce in the semi-final so far. 

    Halep threatened to break again but Pliskova hits a powerful backhand up the line and then fires an ace to hold serve. 

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Throwback Thursday! A very young Jelena Ostapenko in 2009. 

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Former champion Ana Ivanovic honoured at Roland Garros!

  • 21:59 (IST)

    Halep cruises to a 4-2 lead

    The Romanian is hitting the ball so much better while Pliskova is spewing errors all over the court. 

    A comfortable hold at 15 and it's 4-2 to Halep. 

  • 21:58 (IST)

    What's at stake in this match:

    Karolina Pliskova can get to No 1 by reaching her first French Open final - her second major final out of the last three.

    Halep would not only have to beat Pliskova but also finals debutante Jelena Ostapenko to wrest the top spot from Angelique Kerber.

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Here's a recap of all the action so far:

    At age 20, Jelena Ostapenko is the youngest player to reach the French Open final since 19-year-old Ana Ivanovic 10 years ago.

    Ostapenko turned 20 on Thursday and fans on Court Philippe Chatrier sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

    "I love to play here, I love you guys, you're amazing. I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday," Ostapenko said. "I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I had a chance. It probably helps me to win today."

    The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semi-final.

  • 21:55 (IST)

    Tough hold for Pliskova, 2-3

    Pliskova forced to save a break point again on her serve but she ensures that she doesn't fall behind by a double break.

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Simona Halep breaks early to take a 2-1 lead!

    On her next service game, she saves two break points and consolidates with a forehand down the line winner. 

    Great start by the third seed and former finalist.

  • 21:47 (IST)

    The second women's semi-final is now under way!

    Simona Halep [3] vs Karolina Plsikova [2] 

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    Can Ostapenko recreate this? Win her first tour-level title at the French Open? She is one victory away. 

  • 21:16 (IST)

    After 2 hours and 24 minutes, Ostapenko won the match on her 50th winner!

  • 21:13 (IST)

    What a splendid birthday treat for Jelena Osatapenko!

    She becomes the first Latvian ever to reach a Grand Slam final and she does so on her 20th birthday. 

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Winning point!

  • 21:10 (IST)

    20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko defeats 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 to progress to her 1st Grand Slam final!

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Ostapenko holds for 5-3

    Great wheels displayed by Ostapenko as she just about manages to get a racquet on Bacsinszky's drop shot and push it beyond her opponent. 

    Bacsinszky sends a lob long at 40-0 and Ostapenko with a very crucial hold.

    She's one game away from making her first Grand Slam final.

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Ostapenko breaks for 4-3

    Two break points for Ostapenko. 40-15. 

    She converts the very first one by moving Bacsinszky side to side and then hitting a winner into the open court. 

  • 20:59 (IST)

    This graphic perfectly encapsulates both players' strategies.

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Glorious slow-mo of Ostapenko hitting a backhand!

  • 20:57 (IST)

    After saving a break point on her own serve, Bacsinszky breaks back in the next game to level the 3rd set at 3-3.

    Still anybody's game. 

The women's semi-finals feature four players seeking a first Grand Slam title, and the No 1 ranking is up for grabs, too.

First at Court Philippe Chatrier is No 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. They're friends, played doubles together at a tournament last season, and both happen to be celebrating birthdays on Thursday: Ostapenko's 20th, Bacsinszky's 28th.

Jelena Ostapenko in action at the French Open. AP

Jelena Ostapenko in action at the French Open. AP

The matchup is a real contrast in styles, pitting Ostapenko's big strokes against Bacsinszky's changing speeds and drop shots.

The 47th-ranked Ostapenko had never been past the third round at a major until this week; Bacsinszky lost in the French Open semi-finals in 2015. They have never played each other in singles.

After that, No 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic faces No 3 Simona Halep of Romania. Each has lost one major final: Halep at Roland Garros in 2014, and Pliskova at the U.S. Open last year.

Pliskova would replace Angelique Kerber atop the rankings by making it to Saturday's final in Paris.

Halep would move to No 1 by winning the championship. Halep has won four of her previous five matches against Pliskova, all on hard courts.

However, all eyes will be on Rohan Bopanna and Garbiela Dabrowski as they compete in the Mixed Doubles final.

Here's the Order of Play for Thursday, Day 12 at Roland Garros:

Court Philippe Chatrier (12 noon local/3.30 PM IST)

Mixed doubles final

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Robert Farah (GER/COL) v Gabriela Dabrowski/Rohan Bopanna (CAN/IND x7)

Not before 3.00 PM local/6.30 PM IST

Women's singles semi-finals

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x30)

Simona Halep (ROM x3) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2)

Updated Date: Jun 08, 2017 23:57 PM

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