Simona Halep talks about her epic comeback against Elina Svitolina

Clive Brunskill  Getty Images

The Latvian powered her way to a 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3 victory to become as the youngest player to reach a grand slam final since Caroline Wozniacki in NY eight years ago.

Coincidentally, Bacsinszky also celebrated her birthday today, turning 28.

Simona Halep has beaten No. 2 Karolina Pliskova to reach the French Open final, where she will face the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko.

"I felt a little bit tight because it was a semi-final", she said.

"Then every match I was playing better and better and I got my confidence, and I think it works pretty well".

"I was always playing aggressive and trying to hit the ball when I have the chance".

The fast conditions have helped the Czech and, after Halep controlled the first set, Pliskova found her range on her big serve and forehand in the second.

If Pliskova defeated Halep on Thursday, she would have automatically claimed the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings.

Karolina Pliskova has leveled her semifinal match against Simona Halep at the French Open.

In spite of tweet, lawyer insists Trump not under investigation
Jay Sekulow , an attorney for Donald Trump , on Sunday said the president is not being investigated for obstruction of justice. Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel .

Fifth seed Svitolina twice served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4 in the second set and then had match point at 6/5 in the tie-break. I have the mentality to win, but it's gonna be tough.

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.

The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semifinal.

In what was seen as the most open grand slam tournament in living memory, it is perhaps no surprise that a real outlier has come through to reach the final.

Halep sustained an ankle injury in that defeat that appeared to jeopardise her French Open hopes, but she has made a quick recovery and now is just two wins away from a maiden Grand Slam title. The last woman to win her first title in a Grand Slam event was Australian Chris O'Neil at the 1978 Australian Open, and the last man to do it was Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros in 1997.

But that would be to discount the threat of Latvia's fearless youngster Jelena Ostapenko and Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky who are first on Court Philippe Chatrier.

In five previous French Open appearances, she won a total of two matches.

The 6-foot-1 right-hander - whose twin sister Krystyna is a left-handed pro - struggles with her movement on the dirt and prefers to play quicker points.

If she wins, she'll be one of the biggest outsiders ever to take the title. Pliskova would replace Angelique Kerber atop the rankings by making it to Saturday's final in Paris.

Related News:

  • Rafael Nadal Wins French Open

    Rafael Nadal Wins French Open

    The integrity of Queen's remains intact however, with world No. 1 Andy Murray committed to defending his title. Said Federer: "An awesome 10th title at Roland Garros for Rafael Nadal - that will never happen again".
    Rahul Dravid may continue as India A, U-19 coach

    Rahul Dravid may continue as India A, U-19 coach

    Six applicants including former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag are in the race for the position of team India coach. Fearing more controversy, Dravid had also excused himself from the U-19 team selection meeting for the England tour.
    Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid need you!

    Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid need you!

    PSG, of course, are one of the few clubs in world football who seem capable of having the funds to complete a deal for Cristiano. Madrid , though, will do everything they can to keep Ronaldo.
  • Two US B-1B bombers in joint exercise with S. Korea

    Two US B-1B bombers in joint exercise with S. Korea

    Anchor: Two U.S. strategic bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korean Air Force jets on Tuesday. The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting joint military drills in South Korea amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
    Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

    Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

    Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win. Sporting a white blazer and a coruscating golden trophy on the table, he looked happier than ever.

    Palestinian groups deny IS claim of fatal stabbing of Israeli policewoman

    In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, an Israeli settler was injured in a stabbing attack, the Israeli army said in a statement. In the second incident, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation

    The banker, Sergey Gorkov , is the head of VEB Bank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of USA government sanctions. Special counsel #Robert Mueller has added 13 lawyers to his panel to undertake the Russian Federation probe.

    At impasse, Bill Cosby jury tests patience of judge, defense

    As for why he called the pills "friends", Cosby said: "Because they might help take some of the stress and tension away ". At a news conference on Thursday, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt urged O'Neill to end the case and send the jurors home.

    Brexit talks to focus first on orderly exit

    The letter assumes great importance as the formal negotiations for Britain's exit from the European Union are beginning today. A former special forces reservist, Davis is expected to be a tough negotiator in Brussels .
  • Pakistan army mocks India after Champions Trophy victory

    Pakistan army mocks India after Champions Trophy victory

    Pakistan have become the fourth team , after India, West Indies and Sri Lanka , to complete a treble of ICC tournament wins. For a team that can't play global cricket at home due to security issues, the victory has far-reaching implications.

    Davis calls for special partnership with Brussels as Brexit talks begin

    He added: "The United Kingdom has made a decision to leave the European Union, it is not the other way around". Roth said that " Brexit is a very, very hard operation" and there's only a bit over a year to negotiate it.

    Darjeeling shutdown continues, Rajnath Singh appeals GJM to resolve issues through dialogues

    On Saturday, police and Gorkhaland supporters clashed with each other at various places in the Hills. The police said they are keeping a close watch on all the activities of GJM and will do the needful.


Most liked

Presidential polls: Candidate's name to be announced before June 23: Venkaiah Naidu
Naidu, after the meeting, told the media that the name of the Presidential candidate would be announced before June 23. The elected representatives - all whom will vote in the election - will sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate.

Hearing Tuesday on release of Cosby jury names
Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation. Although spokesmen for Cosby have been portraying this as a victory, it is, at best, a stalemate.

George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018
George has spent all seven of his National Basketball Association seasons in IN, emerging as one of the league's top players. This is why it would be extremely risk for the Lakers to roll the dice and allow George to play a season on another team.

Police release video after Seattle shooting
On the dashcam audio of Sunday's incident, officers can be heard greeting Lyles and asking questions about the burglary report. Charleena Lyles , 30, was shot and killed by police Sunday morning after the woman had called police to report a burglary.

Pakistan crushes India to win Champions Trophy
But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114.

Theresa May meeting Grenfell fire victims and volunteers in Downing Street
People cast shadows as they read a message board placed near Grenfell Tower in London , Saturday, June 17, 2017 . The rest are missing presumed dead, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said on Monday.

USA student held prisoner by North Korea dies days after release
The family said he looked uncomfortable and anguished after arriving June 13 but his countenance later changed. "He was peace. In a statement , they said: "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home".

Presumed Death Toll Nearly Doubles After London Fire
He says trust in the authorities is "falling through the floor". "There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower ", he said . Announcing the new figure, police commander Stuart Cundy said it could still change again but not by as much.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Grand celebrations in Pakistan as team returns home
Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty. Zaman, in the fourth over, nicked Jasprit Bumrah to the keeper, only to be let off by no ball.

Brexit talks begin with UK in disarray
It is also 82 days after Theresa May sent a letter formally notifying the European Council of Britain's intention to withdraw. The EU insists that phase one of talks will focus only on the terms of withdrawal, and not on a future trade relationship.

Brexit negotiations begin as chief EU, Britain negotiators underline constructive attitude
He noted the European Union wants to discuss divorce terms before moving on to the shape of its future relations with Britain. However, EU leaders are also said to be determined not to allow concessions to Britain that might encourage others to quit.

Gunmen kill 8 security guards working at United States base in Afghanistan
Bagram, around 50km north of the Kabul , houses the largest contingent of U.S. soldiers in the country. In November 2016, a suicide bombing inside the base killed four Americans and injured 17 people.

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Writing a bill in private not unusual
There were private talks between Reid and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after the late Sen. Closed-door discussions were also used to resolve differences with anti-abortion Democratic Rep.

Brexit Negotiators Will Look at Terms of Divorce Before Future Relationship
Mr Hammond has said the United Kingdom should "prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity". Davis, a veteran Eurosceptic, told Barnier that his team aimed to maintain a " positive and constructive tone" during the talks.

United Kingdom hope for Brexit deal like 'no other'
However, EU leaders are also said to be determined not to allow concessions to Britain that might encourage others to quit. The UK wants to begin working out the details of a trade agreement alongside the terms of the withdrawal process.