Halep to Meet Ostapenko for Roland Garros Title

"I am truly happy and can not believe what I have achieved, " she said after her win over Caroline Wozniacki yesterday.

"It's nice to be back in the finals, I hope this time I can play better".

Jelena Ostapenko hit a double-fault on set point as Timea Bacsinszky leveled at 1-set apiece in the French Open semifinals.

Myskina was seeded sixth, but there was little reason to believe she would become the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title: Her career record at Roland Garros was 1-4 entering the 2004 tournament.

In comparison, Saturday's duel promises to pit the would-be world No. 1 against a foe of much smaller stature, a new test for the veteran seeking her maiden major victory in France.

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Pierce also tipped several other young players to rise up the ranks this season. Ostapenko, meanwhile, is going to be focused on her first Grand Slam event.

Halep was thankful still to be in the tournament after her remarkable recovery from a set and 5-1 down against Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

Bacsinszky won the last four games to wrap up the second set 6-3. The 25-year-old will attempt to avenge her 2014 French Open final loss to Russian Maria Sharapova in this year's championship match. Ostapenko cracked 50 winners and recovered nicely after dropping the second set.

Halep - one of the best movers in the game - soaked up pressure and forced her opponent to miss: Pliskova committed 24 unforced errors in the first.

Her win over Pliskova was an interesting contrast of styles, with Halep's angles and movement pitted against Pliskova's serving and booming groundstrokes.

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Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier.

PARIS, June 8 On the morning of the women's French Open semi-finals on Thursday seven-times champion Chris Evert said the moment had arrived for a player to step up and seize an opportunity that may not come around again for a while.

"When I came here, I didn't expect I would be in the final", said Ostapenko. "I was already in the semis, and I was just trying to enjoy the game and show my best". Worse, for Halep: She tore a ligament in her right ankle, leaving her French Open status up in the air.

A three-time champion at Roland Garros, Kuerten will be honored before Sunday's final when he will receive his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony marking 20 years since he won his first title in Paris. "It was a sharp pain at the beginning, but then I got some painkillers, and I got the tape that I have had on was helping me quite a lot".

"I expect her to give everything she has, to hit all the balls, to play with confidence".

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The Czech said: "Ostapenko is having a good run here, and she's a risky player for everybody, but I would bet everything what I have on Simona".

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