After almost missing French Open, Halep could win 1st major

At Roland Garros, Ostapenko has dispatched world No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki and world No. 22 Sam Stosur, as well as Lesia Tsurenko, Monica Puig and Louisa Chirico.

The 31-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third-round match with a wrist injury, is the only man with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.

With the women's game in need of a new injection of pizazz in the absence of pregnant 23-times major champion Serena Williams and with Maria Sharapova just starting back from a doping ban, Ostapenko has game and personality to sell tickets.

Kuerten, for example, was ranked only 66th in 1997. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen, two things in the same time.

Halep will enter this year's final as the favourite but either way it's guaranteed there will be a first-time Grand Slam victor on Saturday.

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Pliskova's self-effacing comment about making it to the final weekend at Roland Garros makes sense.

"I m not ashamed to say that she played better. So this was a kind of run you normally don't see". She has won four WTA titles so far this year.

The mixed doubles final also took place on Thursday. Then US Open against (Flavia) Pennetta before that match.

Halep will become world number one if she defeats her polar opposite Ostapenko, as well as the first Romanian woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Virginia Ruzici in 1978. Vinci, 32, would have been the oldest.

She hits more winners than anyone.

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Manulife has chose to end its sponsorship of the Cambridge tournament - one of two Canadian stops on the LPGA Tour's calendar. Thompson completed her round with a birdie on the last but said consistency had been the key to another solid display.

Garcia joins Kristina Mladenovic, beaten by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in her quarter-final on the exit route at Roland Garros, where the French bubble has burst in a couple of days. "It feels incredible", declared Dabrowski, the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam.

There's never been an unseeded woman in a Wimbledon final during the Open era.

She was in pole position in the second as well but got understandably tight with the finish line in sight, allowing Bacsinszky to level the match. Bartoli's 2013 title stands out for other reasons. In some ways, it might even be better for her immediate development to come up short (for as much attention as Garbine Muguruza has received for being relieved that her title defense is over, the pressure and spotlight of winning a first major so young has been an obstacle for many, including the likes of Pete Sampras).

With the contest in danger of slipping away midway through the third set, Halep's tenacity was key.

But Ostapenko played fearlessly in the decider and pounded away a 50th clean victor to become the first Latvian player to reach a grand slam final. Halep is 5-6 in her career in overall final appearances on clay court.

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This was before President Obama agreed to give Israel another $38 billion in weapons over the next decade. Not only does Israel not accept their right to live freely in their homeland, the world has failed them.

There has been plenty to celebrate for Jelena Ostapenko at the French Open, but the Latvian's cup will be overflowing if she can get the better of pre-tournament favorite Simona Halep in Saturday's women's final at the French Open.

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