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Halep to face Ostapenko in French Open final

June 9, 2017 9:25 AM
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Romania’s Simona Halep moved within one win of a first Grand Slam title with victory over Karolina Pliskova on Thursday at the French Open.

Third seed Halep who will become world number one if she succeeds won 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a final against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Czech second seed Pliskova would have become world number one next week had she won the second semi-final.

On her part, Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday with a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 win over Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.

NAN reports that Mimi Jausovec was the last unseeded player to reach the French Open final in 1983, losing to Chris Evert.

Saturday’s final will see a new Grand Slam champion crowned, and a new name at the top of the rankings should Halep win and overtake Angelique Kerber.

“It is nice to be in the final again,” said Halep, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final.

“I hope I can play better and win it. I’m playing a young player – it is a big challenge.”


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