WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Highlights of French Open 12th day

Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko reached her first Grand Slam final on her 20th birthday after winning in the semi-finals of the French Open today.

It's true. How quickly did this come together for Ostapenko, the first tennis player from Latvia to reach a Grand Slam final? "Karolina is a good player and made it tough", Halep said. "I'm happy, but I'm not that excited".

The French Open champion will be a first-time major victor while victory will also crown the Romanian third seed as the new world number one, replacing Angelique Kerber. "We are trying to improve my game and I think it's working pretty well".

"I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I had a chance".

In the mixed doubles final, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada lifted their maiden Grand Slam trophies as they overcame the opening set loss and a break deficit against French pair Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld to win 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on the match tie-break.

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Serena Williams, the 23-times major champion, is pregnant, double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is just back after being stabbed, five-times major champion Maria Sharapova has only recently returned from a doping ban and former world number one Victoria Azarenka has been out after having a baby.

"When I came here, of course I didn't expect I would be in the final", said Ostapenko, who celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday by overpowering Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals. "She's a big hitter", said Bacsinszky, who also lost in the 2015 French Open semifinals.

Ostapenko powered her way to a 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 victory to make history as the first Latvian grand slam finalist and the youngest at any grand slam since Caroline Wozniacki in NY eight years ago. "And then I started to feel more relaxed, maybe because I thought it's finished".

"Third set everything was through the long rally, which I think is better for her and she's winning almost - not all of them - but a higher percentage, definitely", said Pliskova.

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.

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Just last month, Halep lost to Svitolina — who leads the tour in titles and match wins in 2017 — in the final of the Italian Open.

Logic suggested the steady approach she adopted after losing a topsy-turvy first set in a tiebreak would get the job done for the experienced Swiss, not the white-knuckle rollercoaster tennis Ostapenko was playing.

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

Bacsinszky received treatment on her right knee shortly after dropping serve in the seventh game of the contest. "It actually makes me cry now".

After that first set we just stuck to what we do best.

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- World number 47 Ostapenko hit an impressive tally of 50 winners in the match that lasted two hours and 24 minutes.


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