Roland Garros - Bacsinszky upsets Mladenovic! Ostapenko beats Wozniacki

by Wade Massey June 9, 2017, 2:03
Roland Garros - Bacsinszky upsets Mladenovic! Ostapenko beats Wozniacki

Mladenovic appeared to deal better with the initial delay.

In the second set the match was suspended on 1-all break point for Bacsinszky.

But Bacsinszky broke back.

The Frenchwoman won the first point of the game, but the pair were then called off court again as the skies darkened.

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

Bacsinszky - whose birthday was also Thursday; she turned 28 - employed all manner of strategies in a bid to throw off her opponent.

One Frenchwoman however does remain in the draw: The player Mladenovic won the doubles title with previous year in Paris, Caroline Garcia, who will play second-seed Karolina Pliskova in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

The players twice had to leave the court due to rain but Bacsinszky - in the final four for the second time - managed to see out the win amid fading light in the sodden French capital nearly six hours after the first ball was hit.

Awaiting Ostapenko in the women's singles semifinals will be No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky.

Mladenovic tried to look on the positives of her French Open campaign, which at one point had been in doubt because of a back problem.

Due to the inclement weather Tuesday, all four men's quarterfinals are also scheduled for Wednesday. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and No. 2 Djokovic vs. The court was hardly full of spectators on the damp, nippy day, unlike on Sunday when the 24-year-old fed off the energy of a packed house and ousted defending champion Garbine Muguruza amid warm sunshine.

The first title of this year's tournament will be awarded Thursday at the French Open when Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah take on Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles final. The former No. 1 player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.

Logic suggested the steady approach she adopted after losing the first-set tiebreak would get the job done for the experienced Swiss, not the white-knuckle rollercoaster tennis Ostapenko was playing. They later opened the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona.

Following a delay of the best part of three hours, the teenager closed out the set on her serve to level.

She is the youngest French Open semifinalist in a decade.

She produced a string of stunning winners to take a thrilling first set 7-6.

Play has started in the French Open women's quarterfinals.

Bacsinszky, who will be at least No. 22 by next week, will face Jelena Ostapenko next.

Eighty kilometre per hour winds gusted through the grounds as both players, skidding through clouds of clay, picked grit out of their eyes.

The last player to win their debut title at Roland Garros was Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997 - the day Ostapenko was born.

Even though she is unseeded, Ostapenko's 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory could hardly be classified an upset as the 19-year-old Latvian has now beaten the Dane three times on clay since April, striking a combined 148 winners in the process.

None of the eight women's quarterfinalists, including those playing Wednesday, owns a major title.


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