Final berth the icing on the cake for birthday girl

It was both their birthdays yesterday, but for Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky, only one received a gift - a ticket to the French Open final - while the other departed for home empty-handed. Latvian Ostapenko, 20, was the luckier birthday girl
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It was both their birthdays yesterday, but for Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky, only one received a gift - a ticket to the French Open final - while the other departed for home empty-handed. Latvian Ostapenko, 20, was the luckier birthday girl as she beat 28-year-old Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3. Ostapenko, the world No. 47, is the first unseeded player to reach the final in Paris since Mima Jausovec in 1983.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2017, with the headline 'Final berth the icing on the cake for birthday girl'. Print Edition | Subscribe