Ostapenko and Halep will determine the champion of Roland Garros

Ostapenko and Halep will determine the champion of Roland Garros

"I was around watching [Martina] Hingis come up and [Steffi] Graf come up and [Monica] Seles come up, and I just see something special in this young lady and the fact that she's so fearless", Evert said of Ostapenko. I made too many mistakes in the first set, but was later able to put my game together and become more confident about myself to pull out the win, " she said.

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. However, with the final now set, Halep can turn her attention to Ostapenko, claiming the No. 1 seed and her first Grand Slam. "And now it's close, but it's close and it's far, as well, because I'm playing against somebody who I would (call) one of the best girls on clay".

Halep won a long game to break for 3-1 with a brilliant running forehand pass and then fought off two break points in the following game. Ostapenko, meanwhile, is going to be focused on her first Grand Slam event.

But the mistakes returned to haunt her in the final set.

Pierce is picking Halep to prevail over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the semis and qualify for the Roland Garros final on Saturday.

Ostapenko is also the youngest woman to advance to the final of a major since a 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki finished runner-up at the 2009 US Open.

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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. The number two seed recovered in the second set however.

Pliskova has been critical of her own performances at this French Open, specifically referring to her backhand and inconsistency on her potentially big serve.

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. I was just trying to stay aggressive and to go for a shot when I could. Win or lose, Ostapenko will have her career prize money more than double after this match.

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier. "The first match was a tough one (against Louisa Chirico) and I won it. She's a big hitter", said Bacsinszky, who also lost in the 2015 French Open semifinals.

- Bacsinszky took a medical timeout to receive treatment on her right leg while trailing 4-3. Kuerten won that year's French Open - the first of three Roland Garros titles for the Brazilian - on the same day Ostapenko was born.

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

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