No comeback this time for Kristina Mladenovic

No comeback this time for Kristina Mladenovic

I was happy for her that she was in the semi-final, as well-and that we are sharing the same birthday. Mladenovic was hoping to be the first French to win at Rolland Garros since Mayy Pierce in 2000 but was completely outclassed by her Swiss opponent.

But the 30th-seeded Swiss won the next three games to lead by a break, 4-3.

"So it was a big drama, so I could not get into the plane without giving the towels of the French Open, and I woke up and I was sweating". Given the upsets she has already pulled off in Paris though, as well as the fact she holds a three and zero record against Wozniacki, she can't be written off.

The 24-year-old Mladenovic had never made it past the third round in Paris.

She meets Bacsinszky in the semifinals on Thursday.

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

The sun came out as the players returned and with the warmer conditions, Ostapenko marched to victory.

The 11th-seeded Wozniacki took five games in a row into the matchup against Ostapenko, while the latter responded with a four-game winning streak to cut the deficit within 4-5.

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.

Instead of rolling over though, she fought back to book her place in the quarter-finals with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory. But maybe lucky me, experience-wise, I don't know.

Once more that "Kiki-Kiki-Kiki" chant was the soundtrack to Court Philippe-Chatrier, but it was a short-lived affair, with Bacsinszky breaking twice either side of a held service game, to lead 4-3 and serving.

Bacsinszky, the 27-year-old world number 31, had opened up a 2-0 and then 4-2 lead in the first set, only for Mladenovic to respond each time before eventually closing out the set in 63 minutes with an ace.

In his quarterfinal, nine-time French Open champion Nadal faces No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta; defending champion Djokovic plays No. 6 Dominic Thiem in a rematch of a 2016 semifinal won by the Serb in straight sets.

She is looking to become the first player since Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open to win their first tour-level title at a major tournament.

She added: "I think the magic has always been happening for me here, even the first time I came here as a little kid".

This match could go either way, but I give the edge to Wozniacki.

"To play semi-final of Roland Garros on your birthday, I think it's really nice. She makes a lot of unforced errors, but hit 38 winners to Wozniacki's six as she coped so well with her first taste of a Grand Slam quarter-final".

In 2014, she was ranked outside the top 100 and went through qualifying at the French Open.



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