French Open | Women's Singles: Jelena Ostapenko beats Timea Bacsinszky in semis, becomes first ever Latvian to reach Grand Slam final

09 June 2017, 11:25 AM
Jelena Ostapenko - File Photo
Jelena Ostapenko - File Photo

Jelena Ostapenko created history of sorts by becoming the first ever Latvian to reach a grand slam final when she beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in the semifinals of the women's singles at the French Open on Friday.

Ostapenko who is unseeded in the tournament overcame the 30th seed Swiss in three closely fought sets. Ostapenko will now take on Romanian third seed Simona Halep in the grand finale on Saturday. Simona Halep would feature in her second grand slam final. Halep ended up as the losing finalist to Maria Sharapova at the 2014 French Open.

The eventual champion on Saturday will be a first-time major winner while victory for Halep would crown her as the new world number one, replacing Angelique Kerber. "It's an amazing feeling right now," said 25-year-old Halep after her fifth win in six meetings against Pliskova, the world number three.

First Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 11:16 AM
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