Troubled sleep, then a French Open dream for Bacsinszky

Caroline Wozniacki was a former world No1, twice a runner-up at the United States open, but playing her first French Open quarter-final since she was a teenager in 2010.

Pliskova then broke to level the set but Halep broke straight back to leave the Romanian serving for the match.

She is the youngest French Open semifinalist in a decade.

Ostapenko, who has never won a WTA Tour title, forged ahead in a first set that lasted over an hour, including a tie-break in which just four of the 11 points went with the serve.

If Ostapenko, the world No. 47, defeats Halep on Saturday, she would become only the second unseeded woman to ever triumph at the clay-court major after Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933.

The second-seeded Czech hit 24 unforced errors as Halep took the opener 6-4.

She took it when the Frenchwoman fired a forehand volley wide.

Clay isn't Wozniacki's preferred surface but without her close friend Serena Williams in the field - the American is pregnant - she might have felt she had as good of a chance as any player to win the title.

"I had so many great moments on the court, big wins and played a great game", she said.

Following the match, Ostapenko, who fired 38 winners and improved to 4-0 lifetime against Wozniacki, spoke about a number of topic on her run in Paris: "Every match we played was a very tough match, because she's playing really well, and she's very consistent".

"I think it [dancing] helped me".

Ostapenko is just the fourth of those at Roland Garros following Clarisa Fernández in 2002, Nadia Petrova in 2003 and Kiki Bertens in 2016.

Bacsinszky or Ostapenko can make it a double celebration when they meet on Thursday as both women celebrate their birthdays.

Quirkily enough, while Bacsinszky turns 28 on Thursday, her opponent Ostapenko turns 20 the same day.

Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match. And the Indo-Candaian pair wins the first game easily. The sun came out as the players returned and with the warmer conditions, Ostapenko marched to victory.

Ostapenko fought back spiritedly to win the next three games.

The Latvian's inexperience showed when she served to stay in the set.

PARIS Timea Bacsinszky's day started with a nightmare but ended as a dream.

Bacsinszky received treatment on her right knee and consulted with the tournament doctor.

In the Open championship of France on tennis has come it is time decisive matches.

She faced in Timea Bacsinszky, however, another woman with an emotional back story, the kind of artistic game beloved of the French crowds, and from the French-speaking region of Switzerland.

Bacsinszky and Ostapenko traded breaks early in the opening set, with Bacsinszky leading 2-1.

"I'm totally comfortable with what I did and said during the Fed Cup", said Bacsinszky, seeded 30th at this year's French Open.

  • Jo Lloyd