Ostapenko outclasses Wozniacki in Paris

Factor in that the first delay lasted over three hours and it was a day in which the mental aspect of the game was vitally important. "To play in the semi-final of Roland Garros on your birthday, it's really nice", said Ostapenko.

Ostapenko's mood was as dark as the menacing black clouds circling above and she gesticulated forlornly towards her mother Jelena, who is also her coach, as shot after shot flew long.

The scheduled men's quarterfinal matches for Tuesday were pushed back one day due to persistent rain in Paris. I'm looking forward to playing it.

"I think maybe this one is one of the best (birthdays)".

The men's quarter-finals featuring nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and holder Novak Djokovic were postponed until Wednesday after two rain delays disrupted Tuesday's play.

Latvia's teenage firecracker Jelena Ostapenko recovered from a awful start to blaze past former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki into the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday. "I feel exhausted - and I'm sure you do, too".

Djokovic's progress has been troublesome in comparison, being stretched to five sets by Diego Schwartzman in round three - but the battle-hardened Serb is well-versed in the business end of slams and usually raises his game.

No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic of France is playing No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland at Court Philippe Chatrier, while No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark faces unseeded 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

She said: "I'm really happy with my win today and it was a really tough match". Mentally, out on the court she is such a great fighter and is really hard-hitting.

"I have to change something compared to the last matches", Thiem, the youngest of the quarterfinalists, said. "I am sorry for the crowd but happy for me".

Gabriela Dabrowski, the doubles World No.20, will play her first Slam final alongside Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles championship match today.

Caroline Wozniacki was a former world No1, twice a runner-up at the USA open, but playing her first French Open quarter-final since she was a teenager in 2010.

Remarkably, it was also the birthday of Ostapenko's opponent Timea Bacsinszky, who turned 28, but it was the world number 47 who came out on top 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3.

The pair eventually won their quarter-final matches after torrential rain interrupted the first two women's last-eight ties in Paris.

"At first, the conditions were really tough", Ostapenko said. "I actually didn't expect that it would be here in Paris (for my birthday), but I am going to enjoy it and I will have (birthday celebration) plans after the tournament". Djokovic is the defending champion.

Chants of "Kiki-Kiki-Kiki" resonated around Court Philippe-Chatrier yesterday, but the echoes of that sonic support are all that remain of France's big hope for a French Open champion.

- The two quarter-final matches featuring nine-time victor Rafael Nadal and second seed Novak Djokovic have been postponed until Wednesday after rain disrupted play at Roland Garros.

As a result of the downpours, all four men's quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday with Andy Murray against Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka facing Marin Cilic.

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