Nadal in French Open quarters

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2017

Next up for Ostapenko is a meeting with 27-year-old Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, who overcame home favourite Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4. Wozniacki streaked into the lead on a sun-baked Philippe Chatrier court, running away with the first set as 2009 champion Kuznetsova struggled with her range.

Wozniacki, who has never made the semi-finals of the French Open, led 2-1 again in the decider before another rain break. Roger [Federer], it was Wimbledon, Stan [Wawrinka], I think as far as I knew, it was the French Open, but Australia was probably something which became more important than the French the first time.

Men's singles title favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had to wait one more day for setting up their highly anticipated clash in the semifinals as their quarter-final matches were later cancelled due to rain. Bacsinszky defeated 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in a match twice interrupted by rain.

Ostapenko, though, produced the required resolve when play resumed, with a double break putting her on the brink of victory, which she delivered when holding her serve to love as Wozniacki's return dropped wide.

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.

A three-hour delay ensued - the French Open is the lone grand slam without a roof, though that will finally change in 2020 - the type that can so often switch momentum in matches.

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"I'm really happy I still can't believe it", the world No 47 said. She fought off break point to hold at the start of the second set and then immediately broke.

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

The Dane ended the year as world number one in 2010 and 2011 and has reached two US Open finals without success. She broke down in tears during her postmatch speech to the crowd, which regaled her with chants of her nickname, "Kiki!" In 2014, back on tour, she was ranked outside the top 100 and needed to qualify for the French Open.

Approaching risky weather prompted chair umpire Carlos Ramos to suspend play after 20 minutes with Bacsinszky serving at 4-3, love-15. "I just have to go out there and just do my best", she said. "I am going to try to enjoy it because great players are here and it is a great place to play". At 40-0, one final forehand ripped crosscourt was met with an errant backhand reply and Ostapenko had sealed her spot in the semifinals against 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky.

If Ostapenko's aggressive style of play initially appeared ill-suited to the gusty conditions, it was not long before she found her feet, winning four games in succession.

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