French Open Day 10: Ostapenko knocks out Wozniacki, Bacsinszky cruises past Mladenovic

Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko pulled off a big shock against Caroline Wozniacki to book her place in the semi-finals on a rain-affected day ten at the French Open.

The world number 47 lost the first five games to her Danish opponent, before she clawed her way to pull off an upset 4-6 6-2 6-2 win to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

Jelena Ostapenko is the first Latvian to reach a grand slam seimi-final in the Open era
image: wtatennis.com

It was a nervy start for the Latvian as Wozniacki eased into a 5-0 lead in the first set, but Ostapenko managed to peg her back to 2-5,and she had to fend off two set points before breaking again thanks to her cross court drives.

Despite winning four games in a row, the Latvian’s hard work was undone as three errors and a double-fault saw her hand the opening set to the former world number one.

Both players struggled with their serve as they exchanged early breaks in the second set, before Ostapenko upped her game to snatch three games in a row to take a 5-2 lead.

Torrential rain stopped play for over three hours but Ostapenko returned to force the match into the decider, before Wozniacki had to fend off a break point early in the third set before the rain came again.

Ostapenko grew more and more confident as a forehand down the line helped her claim a 5-2 lead and she served out the match to love to become the first teenager to reach the French Open women’s semi-finals since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

She will face Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky for a place in the final at Roland Garros, after the 30th seed ended the hopes of France’s Kristina Mladenovic in their last eight clash.

Mladenovic pulled of a big upset on Sunday by ousting last year’s champion Garbine Murguruza, but the 24-year-old could not follow-up on that victory after falling to a 6-4 6-4 straight sets loss.

Mladenovic struggled with her ball toss in the blustery conditions of the early part in the match, but Baczsinksy scored a decisive break in the ninth game and sealed the set with an ace, after the Frenchwoman blasted a backhand into the net.

Rain stopped play for three hours and 45 minutes as Mladenovic was facing another break point at 1-1, but she returned to save the break with a winning forehand and went onto break Bacsinzsky to move 3-1 ahead.

However, Bacsinszky managed to claw her way back by breaking twice to stand on the edge of victory until the rain came again, forcing another break of half an hour.

Mladenvoic spurned the chance to break back after holding serve to stay in the match, as the 30th seed held firm to clinch victory in straight sets after her 24-year-old opponent sent a wayward volley wide. 

Timea Baczsinksy lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 French Open semi-finals
image: breakingnews.co.id

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to return on Wednesday for their quarter-final outings, after their matches were posponed due th e bad weather in Paris.

Defending champion Djokovic looks to keep his hopes of a 13th grand slam title alive against sixth seed Dominic Thiem, as all four men’s quarter-finals will now be played on Wednesday.

Nadal, who is one of three men yet to drop a set at the French Open, faces fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta as he aims to move a step closer towards a record tenth title at Roland Garros.

You can check out more results from day 10, including the latest doubles action, at this link.

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