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BACSINSZKY BREAKTHROUGH CONTINUES

2015-6-4


PARIS, France - Timea Bacsinszky's 2015 breakthrough reached a new level at the French Open on Wednesday, as she beat WTA Rising Star Alison Van Uytvanck to reach her first major semifinal.

Bacsinszky looked headed for a routine straight set victory as she won the first set, 6-4, them jumped out a 3-1 lead in the second set, but Van Uytvanck broke back and caught up to 3-all, 4-all, even 5-all.

But the No.23-seeded Swiss ripped one last down-the-line backhand winner to close it out, 6-4, 7-5.

"I know people like to write about who is the favorite and who has pressure, who has no pressure, but we are equal when we step on the tennis court," Bacsinszky said afterwards. "She deserved that spot in the quarterfinal. It means she's playing really well. I wasn't feeling like the favorite today. That's why I just played my game and tried to find the solution like before. It was a great experience for me."

She's the first Swiss to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since the 2004 Australian Open (Patty Schnyder) and the first Swiss to reach the semifinals of the French Open since 2001 (Martina Hingis).

Bacsinszky had never even been past the third round of a Grand Slam before this fortnight.

"You don't get to be playing a semifinal of a Grand Slam every day, so I'm really just appreciating the moment for what I did today, and slowly tonight I'll start thinking about tomorrow," Bacsinszky said.

The difficulty level steps up in a big way now, though, from No.93 to No.1 - awaiting Bacsinszky in the semifinals is No.1 seed Serena Williams, who powered past No.17 seed Sara Errani (read more here).

Williams has beaten Bacsinszky in both previous meetings, though their last meeting was pretty tight.

"Serena is definitely a great champion. Having 19 Grand Slam trophies, that shows she plays quite well - even more. But it's the same every time I step on the court. I always try to win the last point. For me it doesn't matter who I'm playing against, I want to have two or three tactics and then try to use them.

"When you play against Serena, you should be able to compete with her. I gave her a hard time when I played against her, and I hope tomorrow I will do my best to try and beat her and win the last point."



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