Ostapenko will turn 20 while Bacsinszky turns 28.
"Now I'm just figuring it all out, and obviously there are things to think about and to work on, and we'll see where it takes me". I saw her in the gym just right after our matches today, and so we both said, like, mutually to each other, Well done.
"At the beginning it was really windy and tough for me to get my game, because I couldn't expect where the ball was bouncing", admitted Ostapenko, who moved into the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in career after the Latvian beat Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. The two rain interrupted matches had competitiveness and determination on full display as the players fought tooth and nail in an attempt to go one step further on the path of winning their first Slam.
It also halted proceedings with Bacsinszky leading Mladenovic by a set.
Ostapenko carved out a 5-2 lead and Wozniacki looked relieved to get off court when torrential rain arrived to force a three-hour delay. Against Ostapenko, Wozniacki only had to keep the ball in play to race to a 5-0 lead in the first set as the former found it hard to keep her eyes open.
Four years ago, after foot and abdominal injuries, she took a hiatus from tennis to work at restaurants with an eye toward pursuing a degree in hotel management.
That's when the heavens opened up again. However, with the help of some unforced errors, Bacsinszky unexpectedly broke straight back and returned level immediately, keeping the encounter as tight as possible in the second set.
Ostapenko faces 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky in Thursday's semifinal. I still had some opportunities here and there but didn't make it.
"I lost it sometimes but I found my game".
The day started with little prospect of play at Roland Garros, with rain teeming across the Paris clay courts and giving the groundstaff plenty of work to do. And while she will be facing her toughest test, she's clearly ready to give her best.
If the weather gods tried to assist Mladenovic in one way, in another way they did not.
In doing so, the 27-year-old reached her second semi-final after losing to Serena Williams at that stage in 2015.
But Mladenovic said there was nothing wrong with the atmosphere.
Ostapenko, a fiery, quirky Latvian teenager who is not on her best surface but has a big, aggressive game, is the second-youngest player in the top-47 (Ana Konjuh is six months younger).
Ultimately it wasn't meant to be and the 26-year-old's wait for a maiden grand slam title continues. The short break did not hinder the Swiss' momentum as she dug herself out of a 0-30 hold to consolidate the break and place herself just one game away from the win.