French Open Day 10: Ostapenko, Bacsinszky set up battle of the birthdays

Rain and bad weather robbed Roland Garros of nearly an entire day's play with only Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky winning their singles matches.

Ostapenko closed out the second set upon resumption, then the pair stayed on serve with Wozniacki holding for a 2-1 lead before another storm forced a 29-minute delay. But the duo put on a terrific performance to make the day memorable - not least setting a semi-final on their shared birthday. She came back from a set down against No10 seed Venus Williams with her stunning brand of all-court flair, slice, drop-shots and more.

The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point.

Next came perhaps the game of the match, a 12-minute triumph of quality and touch over adversity.

It also halted proceedings with Bacsinszky leading Mladenovic by a set.

Switzerland's Bacsinszky claimed a tense first set by breaking Frenchwoman Mladenovic's serve thrice while dropping hers twice.

In the second set, one disruption-a medical emergency in the crowd-was followed by more. A couple of her fellow 1997-born players have perhaps had better results sooner than her at the Slams but she has caught up and gone even further. When they returned, Mladenovic raced into a 3-2 lead, but was unable to back it up and Bacsinszky took the next four games to stretch to what proved to be a crucial 5-3 lead.

Still, it was clear that she was up to the task against the 11th-seeded Wozniacki, who is 26 and has been to two U.S. Open finals and yet somehow seemed the less sure of herself.

She finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth game, though, as her aggressive game clicked and she began to boss the rallies with a whippy forehand that Wozniacki could not read.

"It was really hard because we had all the seasons rolled into one today", Bacsinszky said of a day that saw rain and hail.

"We had all the seasons - a hurricane, sandstorm and nearly snow".

"At first, the conditions were really tough", Ostapenko said.

"Both of us will have the birthday, so I'm really looking forward to the match", said the soon-to-be 20-year old (Bacsinszky will turn 28 on Thursday). The Swiss spoke warmly of her opponent and the battle ahead. I love you guys, thanks.

"And that we are sharing the same birthday". I think it's pretty cool, though.

There was, though, tears of disappointment over on Philippe-Chatrier, where Mladenovic's hopes of becoming a first French champion since Mary Pierce in 2000 evaporated as she was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Timea Bacsinszky, the No 30 seed from Switerzland.

Bizarrely. Bacsinszky's birthday is on the same day and Ostapenko also played doubles with the Swiss in China previous year. But lucky her, she's way younger than I am [smiling].

"Maybe this one is one of the best ones (birthday gifts)".

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