PARIS (Reuters) - Two birthdays, one present.
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