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Halep - Ostapenko to clash in French Open final

Women's No. 3 seed Simona Halep of Romania will return to the final at Roland Garros after three years with a three-set victory over second-seed Karolina Pliskova, while Latvian promising star Jelena Ostapenko got a perfect birthday gift as she overcame fellow birthday girl Timea Bacsinszky in the women's singles semi-finals in Paris.

After top seed Angelique Kerber's early exit, Halep and Pliskova were involved in a tense battle for top spot in the WTA world rankings. A title would be sufficient for Halep to achieve that, while a final appearance would have been enough for Pliskova.

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Murray, Wawrinka to clash in French Open semi-finals

Scottish world No. 1 and top seed Andy Murray got off to a rocky start but rallied to defeat Japan's Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1 and set up a French Open tennis semi-final rematch against third-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who routed Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Murray, a notoriously slow starter, was sluggish in the early going on Wednesday against the diminutive but aggressive Japanese No. 8 seed, who was looking to employ the same attacking style he used to stun the Scotsman at last year's US Open. But once Ivan Lendl's pupil Murray settled into the match, he used his greater reach to stymie Nishikori's attempts to strike winners and managed to gut out the victory in breezy conditions.

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Rohan Bopanna - Gabriela Dabrowski crowned French Open Mixed Doubles Champions

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski on Thursday won a tough three-set battle to clinch the mixed doubles title at the French Open tennis tournament. The seventh seeded Indo-Canadian combination overcame the unseeded pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.

Dabrowski and Bopanna, seeded seventh in the tournament, advanced to the championship match without dropping a set. In the final, they saved two match points in the match tiebreak before claiming victory following a Grönefeld double fault after 1 hour, 26 minutes of play. This is the first Grand Slam title for both Dabrowski and 37-year-old Bopanna.

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Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski enter French Open Mixed Doubles Final

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski registered a straight sets victory to enter the final of the mixed doubles category at the French Open tennis tournament on Wednesday. The Indo-Canadian pair sent the third seeded duo of France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic crashing out with a 7-5, 6-3 verdict in the semi-finals.

Bopanna and Dabrowski survived a tough challenge from Hlavackova and Edouard in the opening set before dominating the second set to earn a shot at the title.

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Thiem stuns Djokovic to set up Nadal semi-final showdown

Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem upset defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the French Open, advancing to the semi-finals where he will face Rafael Nadal. Nadal progressed after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an injury on Wednesday.

Seeded sixth in the tournament, 23-year-old Thiem won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 against Djokovic in two hours and 15 minutes.

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Murray to face Nishikori in French Open quarter-finals

World No.1 Sir Andy Murray secured his place in the last eight at the French Open with a sweep over Karen Khachanov on Monday, setting up a quarter-final clash with Asian top-ranked player Kei Nishikori.

Murray beat the 21-year-old Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to record the 650th win of his career. He finished five aces and a total of 29 winners. Last year's finalist could bounce back immediately after suffering two breaks in the third set.

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Halep sets up Svitolina date in French Open quarters

Romanian third seed Simona Halep and Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro and Croatia's Petra Martic respectively, to reach the women's singles quarter-finals of the French Open on Monday.

Halep crushed Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1, in one hour. This is the first time Suarez has lost on clay against Halep, who is keeping her momentum after winning in Madrid and reaching the final in Rome. Halep produced 19 winners in the match while her Spanish opponent didn't do herself any favours by producing 25 unforced errors.

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