Halep, Teenager Ostapenko Advance to French Final, No. 1 on the Line
by Staff | June 8th, 2017, 10:34 pm

No. 3 seed Simona Halep stopped Karolina Pliskova from becoming No. 1. Now she has to stop a teenager from winning her first title, a win which would lift Halep to the No. 1 spot for the first time.
Halep beat the No. 2-seeded Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday in the semifinals to return to the French Open final.

“I feel like I have more experience,” Halep said afterwards. “I’m happy, but I’m not that excited. I’m looking forward, actually, to play the final. Today was a great battle. Every point was very important. I felt that I had to run for every ball, be focused for every ball.”

Halep entered Roland Garros with an ankle issue, but has only lost one set en route to the final. The flat-hitting Pliskova, who had a 2-5 win-loss record at Roland Garros entering the tournament, was happy with her performance.

“I think I would have beaten 99 percent of the girls with the tennis I was playing today, so it was just unlucky that it was Simona today,” Pliskova said. “I think she’s one of the best on clay, maybe one of the best at this tournament. She loves this tournament.”

Halep in the final will face unseeded Jelena Ostapenko, who outlasted Timea Bacsinszky 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.

It is the first Slam final for Ostapenko, who turned 20 today and has never won a WTA title. She was also 0-2 career at the French Open entering the event.

“I was just trying to stay aggressive and to go for a shot when I could,” Ostapenko said. “I think it was kind of important that I won the first set, even the second I lost, but in the third set I found my game again.”

The final will be a first-time meeting between the two.

“I never played against her,” Halep said. “I don’t know what to expect from her. I saw a little bit of her match today. In my opinion is similar to what I had today, so maybe’s gonna be the same plan.”

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10 Comments for Halep, Teenager Ostapenko Advance to French Final, No. 1 on the Line

Giles Says:

Am rooting for Penko. Such a charming young lady. Wonder if she’s friends with our Gulbis seeing as they’re both from Latvia! 😉

Giosue Muratore Says:

It is a shame that if Halep wins it could be a hollow victory if everyone will claim she only played a non seed. Having said that I like Osta penko and always root for the underdog!

Van Persie Says:

Would be even worse for Halep, if she would lose against a non seeded in a GS final. She won matches against Nr. 3 and 6, which is not that bad after all.
Rooting for Halep, but have to say, Penko is a better skilled tennis player. Would not be surprized, if she won.

Hai Simo!

Van Persie Says:

^ Am not very impressed, if she will be Nr.1. She would lose it asap, me thinks. The GS title counts

James Says:

Halep has a pathetic game. Just stand back and loop balls in. If only they made the balls and courts faster to reward offence just a little bit, Ostapenko would have given her a bagel to eat.

FedExpress Says:

Ostapenko, I wanna marry you.

Wow. First title. And that a GS.

Van Persie Says:

Congrats Penko! Amazing young talent. Well deserved!

Anto Says:

@james you comment would have made more sense if this was Wimbledon or Us open. This is Roland Garros we are talking about, clay is supposed to slow and hence will reward defensive players.

And I am little bit sad that people dont appreciate defense.

RZ Says:

I only saw a few minutes of the match toward the end of the second set, but I thought Halep was not playing particularly smart tennis. I saw her keep hitting to Ostapenko’s forehand which was a bad idea considering all those winners coming off of it.

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