Tearful French favorite Kiki dumped out in Paris

Kristopher Nichols
June 10, 2017

The 13th seeded Mladenovic quickly got into her rhythm as she held serve and broke Bacsinszky's in the fourth game to lead 3-1.

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

And when the match did eventually get underway the windy conditions disrupted Mladenovic's flow in-front of a vocal home crowd.

Jelena Ostapenko's presence in the last four marks the 16th straight Slam featuring a debut semifinalist.

Play has resumed in the women's quarterfinals at the French Open after a delay of more than three hours because of rain. "She played better than me, and I just have to respect that and try and do better next time".

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's quarterfinal matches were postponed until Wednesday following torrential rain in the French capital.

The out-of-nowhere Ostapenko's next opponent is 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, who eliminated 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 6-4.

"Caroline is a tough opponent, I knew I had to stay aggressive, I lost it sometimes but I found my game". Several times Ostapenko seemed on the verge of youthful tantrum in the hot Court Philippe Chatrier sunshine, especially when the Latvian livewire lost four games in a row to lose the second set - ending it with a double-fault. In winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, the Latvian teen hit 38 winners to Wozniacki's six and is now 4-0 against the former world No. 1 in the last two seasons, with three of those wins on clay.

Prior to the first delay, gusting winds blew clay around the court and Ostapenko struggled to find her game.

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"I actually didn't expect that it would be here in Paris, but I'm really happy it's here". I was happy for her that she was in the semi-final, as well-and that we are sharing the same birthday.

There is plenty to admire about Ostapenko's performances, two-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce said yesterday in a conference call from Roland Garros with Singapore media.

Ostapenko is looking forward to her birthday showdown against Bacsinszky, adding: "We are good friends, because we played the doubles in China a year ago, and that's how I got to know her".

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during their tennis match at the French Open in Roland Garros on Tuesday in Paris. "We hugged each other, because, I mean, she's a really nice girl", said Bacsinszky, who is eight years older than Ostapenko.

Both players were gleaming with joy after the match as they face what could be the best gift or a birthday heartbreak on Thursday.

Wicked winds bent the flag poles and red brick dust was whipped up into the players' eyes in the opening games in which Ostapenko could hardly locate the court.

Those two matches join today's scheduled quarterfinals - top-seeded Andy Murray vs. eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori and third-seeded Stan Wawrinka against seventh-seeded Marin Cilic.

Number two seed Djokovic will play Dominic Thiem of Austria in the first match on Suzanne-Lenglen, while Nadal, the nine-time champion, meets compatriot Pablo Carreno on Philippe-Chatrier.

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