Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Spectators take cover under umbrellas as third round matches were suspended because of rain showers at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Saturday

Before this, she had never been beyond the third round at a major.

The year before that, she lost in the first round of French Open qualifying.

Ostapenko, 19, had struggled against the wind during the opening set on Suzanne-Lenglen, which Wozniacki took control of with two early brakes to race into a 5-0 lead. At 1-1 and a break point down for the thirteenth seed, the heavens opened up effectively putting a halt to the steamrolling Bacsinszky.

Wozniacki was magnanimous in defeat after her wait for an elusive first major title continued, losing a match which finished nearly six hours after they first stepped onto the court following two delays due to the weather. With this result, Marion Bartoli is still the last French player in the women's draw to reach semis in Paris in 2011.

Mladenovic was broken in her first service game before she levelled at 2-2. Her affection for the tournament enticed her back from burnout in 2013 after she'd distanced herself from the game and gone back to school to study hotel management.

"It was tough because we had to go away two times from the court", Ostapenko said, referring to the rain delays.

The men's quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic that had been scheduled for Tuesday were postponed until Wednesday. Roger Federer misses out injured, but Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka are all here.

Look at the backhand victor.

Bacsinszky, the 27-year-old world number 31, had opened up a 2-0 and then 4-2 lead in the first set, only for Mladenovic to respond each time before eventually closing out the set in 63 minutes with an ace.

"We had a hurricane, a sandstorm and nearly snow", she said before adding that coming from Switzerland, it wasn't hard to adapt.

- Timea Bacsinszky after seeing off Kristina Mladenovic.

"Today I was very, very far from my best tennis and it was still a close two sets, I'd be silly not to be positive about that", said Mladenovic, who believed her opponent's game was more suited to the tough conditions. I was missing sometimes but in the end it worked out. She likes ballroom dancing and her favourite dance is the Samba.

Introduced to tennis at the age of 5 by her mother, Jelena Jakovleva, Ostapenko was a ballroom dancer for seven years before she opted for tennis.

Insane twists of fate aside, the fact that we have a 19-year-old in the semi-finals of Roland Garros for the first time since Ana Ivanovic in 2007 is great news. So, who will make their birthday more memorable?

There were two lengthy weather interruptions as two men's quarter-final matches were rescheduled for tonight.

Both players were gleaming with joy after the match as they face what could be the best gift or a birthday heartbreak on Thursday. The Latvian fired 38.

44 - double faults served by Kristina Mladenovic in five rounds.

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