Ostapenko wins birthday battle with Bacsinszky to reach French Open final

Ostapenko presented herself with the ideal 20th birthday gift by reaching a first French Open final after blasting past 30th seed Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist also in 2015.

On the day she turned 20, Ostapenko played fearlessly, bagging 50 winners during a 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-3 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

"I hope I can play better than the previous time and that the score will be different", said Halep, who lost in three sets to Maria Sharapova in her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros.

"I m not ashamed to say that she played better".

3 Simona Halep will be facing Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in what could be expected as an exciting French Open final on Saturday. It quickly improved, however, and she mostly cruised through to the quarterfinals before her comeback against Svitolina.

With such an attacking game, backing Ostapenko could be a precarious business.

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Pliskova would cut the deficit to 4-3 only to blaze a forehand long, leaving Halep to serve out the match after two hours. With a win in the finals, Halep will become the new world number one.

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

Halep was moving well from the start and saved a couple of break points in the next game before holding with a crisp forehand down the line.

For 30th-seeded Bacsinszky it was a second semi-final defeat in three years in Paris.

Ostapenko - who practiced ballroom dancing when younger - signaled her promise in tennis by winning the Wimbledon juniors in 2014. "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'm playing a young player, it is a big challenge and it will be great to play here on Chatrier again".

Pliskova, the 25-year-old Czech, would have taken the world top spot if she had made her second Slam final.

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"I'm really happy to be in the final, especially on my birthday". However, her attacking style resulted in several winners and unforced errors in equal measure.

Ostapenko will now try to win the first senior title of her career, and history might just be on her side.

The underdog Ostapenko also became the first Latvian ever to have reached the final at a Grand Slam tournament.

"This was my second time, so going forward, I think this can help me build more confidence".

But just when the storm appeared to have blown over Ostapenko, who knocked over former runner-up Sam Stosur and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki en route to the semis, hit another purple patch to roar home from 3-3.

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