FRENCH OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL
J. Ostapenko vs S. Halep
Date: Saturday 10 June, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM BST
Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty are one win away from a historic French Open triumph after marching into the women’s doubles final in Paris.
Dellacqua and Barty extended their clay court winning streak to nine matches with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 semi-final victory over Czech sixth seeds Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova to become the first all-Australian women’s pairing to make the title match at Roland Garros in 46 years.
Now the Fed Cup team-mates have the chance on Sunday to atone for several grand slam near misses and become the first all-Aussie team to land the women’s title in the French capital in the near half-century era of professional tennis.
The question will be slightly different for Halep: Will the Romanian be able to ignore her own tendencies one more time? For an emotionally volatile player who can get negative quickly, she has played a remarkably panic-free two weeks of tennis. On Thursday, she took No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova’s best punches and kept bobbing and weaving and jabbing until she had won in three sets. In the previous match, Halep had essentially thrown in the towel against Elina Svitolina when she was down a set and 1-5; she was so resigned to her fate that she says she didn’t even realize she had saved a match point in the second-set tiebreaker.