Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko in title clash

Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko in title clash

"I mean, when I came here", Ostapenko said, her words spilling out with nary a pause in between, "of course I didn't expect I would be in the final".

"Still, I think I'm able to play better tennis", Pliskova said, "which, probably, I'm going to need" against Halep.

The world number 47 is the first unseeded player to reach the final in Paris since Mima Jausovec in 1983.

"I created myself some opportunities, but on the other side of the net, she was playing quite well and defending very well everything that I was proposing", admitted Bacsinszky.

The 47th-ranked Ostapenko, the first Latvian player to reach a Grand Slam final, won 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

The Romanian was under pressure early in the decider but finally chased down a forehand and fired a brilliant cross-court victor to grab a 3-1 lead.

Bacsinszky was left to ponder what might have been after losing in the last four of the Paris major for the second time, but took the positives from an impressive run.

Simona Halep battled past Karolina Pliskova to set a final clash with Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros. Pliskova got the serve she wanted on the second of two break points only to send a forehand long.

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The 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Halep is a ball-chasing, defensive dynamo unafraid of lengthy exchanges who gets to almost everything off an opponent's racket and is careful when she swings. But Halep responded with a break of her own while Pliskova had a chance to tie the match while serving, and then finished out the match by holding serve in the final game.

Halep rejected a mid-match comeback attempt from Pliskova to emerge the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victor, a feat replicated by Ostapenko as she ousted Bacsinszky with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 scoreline.

It was an impressive recovery in stifling 28 degree heat, but wasn't enough to encourage the large number of fans who had abandoned their seats on Philippe Chatrier court to return. "I feel really privileged", Bacsinszky said. Kuerten won that title - the first of his three French Opens - on June 8, the day Ostapenko was born.

French TV flashed up a great stat during Ostapenko's semifinal win Thursday over Timea Bacsinszky, showing the speed of various players' forehands during this year's tournament.

Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

"But then, like, first match was a tough match and I won it and it kind of gave me confidence".

Mixed in with her scintillating winners, including forehands faster than anything men's world number one Andy Murray has managed here so far, were 45 unforced errors, some of which could have been included in a video nasty.

The first set seemed to fit the pattern many expected.

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