Out-of-nowhere Ostapenko to face Halep for French Open title

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"I really happy, I love to play here and I'm just happy the way I celebrate my birthday", Ostapenko grinned. "I believe she has the game to beat top players, which she has done this year, but there's still some areas of her game to improve in order to win a Grand Slam", she added.

It was clear from the start that Ostapenko was going to be the aggressor and she edged a first set in which she hit 21 winners.

Ostapenko's best chance of winning the final will be to play a similar way against the wily Halep, who can reach world number one if she takes the title.

Ostapenko clinched victory with her 50th victor, a forehand into the corner, and has hit more winners - 245 - than anyone else in the tournament despite the men playing best-of-five-set matches.

"Then every match I was playing better and better". Both players were trying for the first time in his career to reach the final of the tournament series Grand slam.

Armed with her new positive attitude thanks to some sharp words from coach Darren Cahill, with whom she made a swift reunion after a brief break, Halep has coped with the pressure well and battled through to a second Grand Slam final.

Bacsinszky, who recorded five aces in the loss, broke through in the seventh game en route to claiming the second set.

The firebrand baseliner is the youngest player to reach a major final since Caroline Wozniacki's advance as a 19-year-old at the 2009 US Open decider.

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Ostapenko then broke early in the second set but Bacsinszky won the last four games and levelled the match when her opponent double faulted. Despite finishing the set strong and taking that momentum into the second set, Pliskova began to sputter in the third set.

After a hard first set in which she fell to Halep, Pliskova battled back to level the match at one set apiece.

On Thursday, she will face No. 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victor over No. 28 Carolina Garcia of France.

She held her nerve to serve it out, ending the contest with an unreturnable serve, triggering a big roar from the Romanian flag-waving fans on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Bacsinszky's scouting report on Ostapenko, a pal she played doubles with a year ago? "I have the mentality to win, but it's going to be tough", said Halep, who lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets in the 2014 French Open final.

"Bad luck. OK. It's a tough one", Bacsinszky said when she was informed of that margin, her eyes filling with tears. She will meet Ostapenko for the first time in the final on Saturday.

- Bacsinszky took a medical timeout to receive treatment on her right leg while trailing 4-3.

"I expect her to give everything she has, to hit all the balls, to play with confidence". Ostapenko's aggressive style will clash against Halep's formidable deep game, and the match may come down to who ends up blinking first and has to adapt their respective styles.

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