French Open 2017: Simona Halep beats Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to meet Jelena Ostapenko in final

Simona Halep marched into the final with 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova, will face Jelena Ostapenko in women's singles final. Earlier, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriel Dabrowski won their maiden Mixed Open title.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 9, 2017 12:07 am
Simona Halep marched into her second French Open final with win over Karolina Pliskova. (Source: Reuters)

French Open, Day 12 saw all its matches going into the third and decider set, where India’s Rohan Bopanna, Gabriel Dabrowski of Canada clinched their maiden French Open mixed doubles title. In women’s singles semifinals, Jelena Ostapenko defeated Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, to make it to the final while the third seeded Simona Halep marched into her second French Open final with 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova. Day 13 will see, World No. 1 Andy Murray play 2015 Roland Garros winner Stan Wawrinka. Rafael Nadal, who is looking to win his 10th French title, will be in action against Dominc Thiem.

French Open Day 12: As it happened

2327 hrs IST: A cracking cross-court forehands, and some superb stuff by Pliskova to make it 3-4 in the third set.

2315 hrs IST: Simona Halep continues with her defensive game, which has been yielding her points. However, some great tennis by Pliskova helps her win the sixth game and reduce the lead to 2-4.

2308 hrs IST: Halep leads 3-1 despite some errors while finishing off the games. In the fifth set, Pliskova has taken 0-30 lead. Can Halep make a come back from here?

2300 hrs IST: Pliskova equals score in the third set as she wins the second game with an ace to end Halep’s efforts. Halep has to make sure that she does not let the game slip from her hands to seal the final berth.

2240 hrs IST: Halep, eyeing world no. one spot and her maiden French Open title, gives her best but not enough as she hits it outside to give Pliskova a lead of 5-2 in the second set. Trailing 0-40, Pliskova put an extra effort to level the score.

2235 hrs IST: Terrific hitting from the baseline from Halep, but Pliskova does well in covering the court as she takes 3-2 lead in the second set. The Czech extends her lead to 4-2 after winning the sixth game 40-0.

2227 hrs IST: Pliskova is attempting to hit winners with almost every shot, however, makes an unforced error to hand Halep second game of the second set.

2206 hrs IST:  Halep’s looks so natural on the clay, while Pliskova is looking nothing like as comfortable on the surface. Halep races to a 40-0 to increase her lead to 5-3

2200 hrs IST: Halep has maintained her lead over Pliskova, leads 4-3. Despite Czech winning the seventh game with Halep making an unforced error. 

2148 hrs IST: Simona Halep has taken an early advantage in the first set. She leads Pliskova 3-1 in the first set. The winner will face Ostapenko in the final

2130 hrs IST: Simona Halep and Pliskova are out on the court for the second women’s singles semi-final in Paris. Also, number one ranking is on the stake

2050 hrs IST: Ostapenko storms into the final with a 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Bacsinszky. She will face the winner of Halep-Pliskova match.

2025 hrs IST: Some terrific performances by both the payers, but it was Bacsinszky, who defends the match and wins the second set with ease. Playing on Ostapenko’s errors in this set, Bacsinszky wins the second set 6-3. And takes the game into the deciding set.

2010 hrs IST: Timea Bacsinszky is just trying to keep the ball in play and waiting for Ostapenko to make an error, leads 5-3 in the second set

1946 hrs IST: Jelena Ostapenko takes the opening set tiebreaker 7-6(4) against Timea Bacsinszky.

1940 hrs IST: With a light hand Ostapenko plays the ball away from her opponent to take 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker. She has taken herself to another level in the tiebreaker as she seems to be unstoppable.

1925 hrs IST: A beautiful forehand smash from Ostapenko puts her ahead and helps her take the lead to 6-5. Bacsinszky comes back to win the next game to level the score to 6-6. Ostapenko leads in the tiebreaker 2-1

1924 hrs IST: Bacsinszky returns with a drop shot to take 30-0 lead in the 10th game and later goes long from the next to win the game and save the set.

1920 hrs IST: Ostapenko to serve after Bacsinszky asked for medical time out. The Latvian player makes an unforced error as Bacsinszky comeback to level score 4-4.

1910 hrs IST: Bacsinszky has called for the trainer after feeling discomfort in her right thigh. Ostapenko leads 4-3 in the first set. A win today will see the winner set clash against either Halep or Pliskova. And we are done with the medical time out as both the players are ready for action

1840 hrs IST: Welcome back to the live coverage as the semifinal for women’s singles gets underway. Bacsinszky and Ostapenko will be in action first.

1752 hrs IST: The first of the women’s semis: Timea Bacsinszky vs Jelena Ostapenko will be our first offering. It will begin at 6.30 PM IST

1649 hrs IST: Groenefeld serve. Match point number 2 for Bopanna/Dabrowski. Second serve. OH MY! Double fault. Bopanna-Dabrowski win Roland Garros title 2-6, 6-2, 12-10!

1648 hrs IST: Farah serving at 9-9 after change of ends. Mishit by Dabrowski at the net with shot straight at her. Volley winner. Now chance for Bopanna/Dabrowski to win the title. Second serve on Dabrowski’s serve. Lovely return of serve by Farah and opens up the court for Groenefeld to convert for a volley winner. 10-10. Good serve out wide and Groenefeld sends return into the net.

1645 hrs IST: Good serve and then a point converted. 8-6 now for the German-Colombian pair. Good serve and then Dabrowski is good at the net to narrow the angle. Two match points for Groenefeld and Farah and then the German sends backhand wide. 9-8. Second chance to convert. Big return from Dabrowski and Groenefeld sends the volley long. 9-9!

1643 hrs IST: Play restarts after Farah looked at by the medical team. He’s clearly uncomfortable right now. Back to 6-6 now. Thumping groundstrokes from Groenefeld. Bopanna somehow gets the ball back but Farah is quick to push a low ball for a winner. 7-6

1638 hrs IST: Good return from Dabrowski and the short reply is hit away for a winner by Bopanna. There’s the minibreak back. 5-5. Another good backhand return and Farah doesn’t connect properly with the racket. 6-5 to Bopanna-Dabrowski now

1637 hrs IST: Five straight points for Groenefeld-Farah. Bopanna’s double fault at the worst time. Follows it up with a good serve that Groenefeld sends long. 5-4

1634 hrs IST: Bopanna-Dabrowski start the Supertiebreak brightly. Hold serve and then get two minibreaks. 3-0 now. Continuing with their momentum. Before Farah moves in and gets a winner. 3-1. Good smash by Farah to move behind two steps and then thump in a smash straight at Bopanna. Follows it up with Bopanna erring at the net. 3-3

1627 hrs IST: Bopanna/Dabrowski lead the second set 5-2 with a crucial break of serve. Groenefeld serving now but Bops-Dabrowski oozing confidence now. Lovely play at the net. And they win the second set 6-2! We’re into a decisive super tiebreak!

1605 hrs IST: The Indian-Canadian pair comeback as they win the first game of the second set after losing the first set 2-6. Both the pairs are playing for their first Roland Garros title, however, for Bopanna and Dadrowski have made it into the final for the first time.

1555 hrs IST: Bopanna and her partner trail 2-5 in the first set as Bopanna makes an unforced backhand error in the fourth game to give Groenefeld and Farah a three game lead.

1545 hrs IST: Bopanna serves in the first game while Germany’s Groenefeld will pick. And the Indo-Candaian pair wins the first game with ease. The German-Colombian pair has taken the lead to 2-1, after losing the first game to Bopanna and Dadrowski.

1530 hrs IST: Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski face Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in mixed doubles final for their maiden Roland Garros title.

1521 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of French Open Day 12. On the previous day, we saw some nail-biting matches, where Dominic Thiem, considered to be one of the dark horse in the tournament, ended reigning champions Novak Djokovic’s journey while Simona Halep came from behind to beat Elina Svitolina 3-6, 8-6, 6-0.

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