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Tennis-Birthday heartache looms in Paris - guaranteed
June 6, 2017 / 6:36 PM / 6 months ago

Tennis-Birthday heartache looms in Paris - guaranteed

PARIS (Reuters) - Two birthdays, one present.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 6, 2017 Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky celebrates winning her quarter final match against France's Kristina Mladenovic Reuters / Christian Hartmann

Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko will celebrate birthdays on Thursday, but one will be left crying into her cake as they face off in the French Open semi-finals.

Swiss Bacsinszky beat local darling Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4 in the last eight while Latvian Ostapenko downed former world one Caroline Wozniacki.

Bacsinszky turns 28 on Thursday, while Ostapenko will leave her teens behind.

“It will be great to celebrate playing tennis here,” said Ostapenko, the first teenager since Serb Ana Ivanovic in 2008 to reach the last four in Roland Garros.

“Lucky her, she’s way younger than I am,” Bacsinszky joked.

“But maybe lucky me, experience-wise.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ossian Shine

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