French Open roundup from Day 12

The victor of the match will earn the first Grand Slam of her career.

Unseeded Ostapenko downed Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 on her 20th birthday to become the first Latvian finalist at a major. For results from throughout the rest of the tournament, follow this link. But 20 years ago, he said Thursday, he came to Roland Garros hoping "to win one match".

With her back to the wall, Pliskova upped her game and she broke back to trail 4-3 with a nice forehand crosscourt victor, only for Halep to steal her serve in the following game, when the Czech made a dog's dinner of a routine forehand. Despite finishing the set strong and taking that momentum into the second set, Pliskova began to sputter in the third set.

Myskina was seeded sixth, but there was little reason to believe she would become the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title: Her career record at Roland Garros was 1-4 entering the 2004 tournament. Halep kept Pliskova deep in the late stages of the match, and needed only one of two match points to put Pliskova away and advance to face Ostapenko.

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.

"You've got Ostapenko, who's young, fiery and exciting". The treatment appeared to be largely cautionary, however, as her mobility did seem to be particularly affected.

Coincidentally, Bacsinszky also celebrated her birthday today, turning 28.

The older woman got first blood courtesy of her signature drop-shot, 2-0, but Ostapenko quickly showed her spirit and aggressive game, stepping in to receive serve and going for her winners.

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But there was no real pressure on Halep after all as Pliskova surrendered the opening set when she hit a crosscourt forehand wide ― her 24th unforced error as her favoured weapon, her whipping forehand, became her worst enemy. However, she stormed back in the third set, winning in a dominant 6-3. Both players struggled on their serves in the final set, with six breaks between them.

"I said earlier that I will play for two things: my first Grand Slam and No. 1 in the world", Halep said.

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. Here's a full recap of the match.

On the men's side, defending champion Novak Djokoviic's repeat bid fell short on Wednesday after a humbling sweep by Dominic Thiem. That's not to say there haven't been others, of course, among men and women.

The first women's semifinal match at the French Open is underway.

The loss marks Djokovic's fourth consecutive Grand Slam without a victory, an uncharacteristic drought for the 12-time major champion. Kuerten won that title - the first of his three French Opens - on June 8, the day Ostapenko was born.

Ostapenko, who is the first unseeded player to reach the women's singles final since Mima Jausovec lost to Chris Evert in 1983, will not be changing her style against the 2014 runner-up Halep. What has happened to his once-impervious play?

On the other half of the draw, 2015 champion Wawrinka reached his third major semifinal in a row by eliminating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. In women's matches, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova reached the semifinals.

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