In Rainy Paris, Ostapenko and Bacsinszky Advance to French Open Semifinals

“We had all the seasons rolled into one today: We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we almost had snow, too,” Bacsinszky told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. “It was really tough to keep my concentration all day long. I feel exhausted — and I’m sure you do, too.”


Timea Bacsinszky on her way to beating Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday at the French Open.

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Ostapenko had the most trouble in those conditions, quickly trailing by 5-0.

She calibrated her strokes better as time went on, and the air swirled less, taking four games in a row to making the first set interesting before ceding it. Still, it was clear…

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