Jelena Ostapenko: She wins when she wants

Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko will meet in the women's singles finals at the 2017 French Open.

Romanian Simona Halep has shown the full extent of her defensive skills to beat Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3 and reach her second French Open final.

Ostapenko turned 20 on Thursday and fans on Court Philippe Chatrier sang "Happy Birthday" to her. On her 20th birthday on Thursday, Ostapenko perhaps heralded the start of a new world order in women's tennis with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Swiss Bacsinszky. "I hope I can play better and win it".

Bacsinszky, the 30th seed, who needed a bandage applied to her right thigh midway through the first set, looked the more likely victor at that point as she sought to celebrate her 28th birthday by surpassing her semi-final run of 2015.

The champion will be a first-time Major victor while victory will also crown Halep as the new world No 1, replacing Angelique Kerber.

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"I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I have a chance", said Ostapenko, who smacked 50 winners to Bacsinszky s 22. Among them is Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, now the world's No. 47, whom Pierce said is "definitely someone to watch".

With Bacsinszky serving at 3-5 Ostapenko, coiled like a spring, brought up two match points with an unstoppable backhand return that cleaned the baseline then smote a rasping forehand return victor that left her opponent flat-footed. Also semi-finals in Wimbledon.

Halep was thankful still to be in the tournament after her remarkable recovery from a set and 5-1 down against Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

It's true. How quickly did this come together for Ostapenko, the first tennis player from Latvia to reach a Grand Slam final? Both Halep and Pliskova then held serve for the next three games to give Pliskova a 6-3 second-set win. "I had no idea what does it mean", she explained.

After facing early danger on her own serve, the third seed looked assured when starting off the points, while challenging Pliskova's. "I feel proud, because I think the mental part helped me a lot this tournament in all matches", she added.

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Halep, however, played a tad too safely, and that would backfire.

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.

Since then, she has displayed telling poise - and she needed it against Pliskova, who smote 45 winners to Halep's 14. "She loves this tournament".

It's Halep's second Grand Slam final and first since almost winning in Paris three years ago in an absolutely stellar title match against Maria Sharapova.

In her clan is her manager Virginia Ruzici, the only Romanian woman to have won a grand slam at the French Open in 1978. Worse, for Halep: She tore a ligament in her right ankle, leaving her French Open status up in the air. "As you see him again so much as a favorite, you can predict three or four more titles, at least". Myskina's opponent - another Russian, Elena Dementieva - made it the first French Open final since 1981 with two participants making their debuts in a Grand Slam title match. "I think she's very special".

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