Neither Young nor Gonzalez have ever been in the final of a Grand Slam tournament. "For me, it's a whole new situation that I'm facing".
In what was seen as the most open grand slam tournament in living memory, it is perhaps no surprise that a real outlier has come through to reach the final. "After we stopped in the third set, 2-1, I won five games in a row".
"I had so many great moments on the court, big wins and played a great game", she said.
The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point. A trainer taped up her leg; Bacsinszky took painkilling medicine.
The Bopanna-Dabrowski pair, seeded seventh, defeated the second seeded Sania-Dodig pair 6-3, 6-4 in the 52-minute quarterfinals.
But the Romanian survived, saving a match point in the process, and will perhaps think her name is on the trophy. She fended off another set point in the next game but a forehand error handed Halep the set.
Bacsinszky - whose birthday was also Thursday; she turned 28 - employed all manner of strategies in a bid to throw off her opponent.
"I had to stay concentrated".
"I mean, when I came here", Ostapenko said, her words spilling out with nary a pause in between, "of course I didn't expect I would be in the final". "I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I had a chance. I have the mentality to win, but it's going to be tough".
A year ago, Ostapenko lost in the first round of the French Open.
Bacsinszky, who will be at least No. 22 by next week, will face Jelena Ostapenko next.
Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match.
Bacsinszky won the last four games to wrap up the second set 6-3.
She is the youngest French Open semifinalist in a decade.
Timea Bacsinszky has called a trainer on court after apparently hurting a knee while chasing a shot.
It didn't help that she tweaked her right thigh in the first set.
The first women's semifinal match at the French Open is underway.
- Ostapenko will meet 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-final.
Bacsinszky recovered to grab the second set. Pliskova beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4. For the first time since 1979 at a major, the quarterfinals at Roland Garros did not feature a single former Grand Slam victor on the women's side.
"Her life is like this: Everything very fast", said Ostapenko's coach, former pro Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Torrential rain threatened to delay Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's quarterfinals at the French Open yesterday.
Bacsinszky fended off one with a swinging serve but Riga's finest made no mistake on the second, sending a forehand whistling into the corner to become the first Latvian player to reach a grand slam final. The former No. 1 player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
Nadal will play against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem for a place in final.
"Coming into this tournament, there were a few people who told me, "you have to be in the final to be number one". I think it's a nice gift".
Groenefeld is looking for another mixed title at the clay-court major, having already won in 2014 alongside Jean-Julien Rojer. Join The Roar for live scores of the first women's semi-final from 11pm (AEST).
She now has time to regroup before meeting 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko who ousted Caroline Wozniacki. After that, No. 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic faces No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania.