The world number 47 will face Swiss Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.Latvian Jelena Ostapenko's dream run at the French Open continued as she stunned former world number one Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday.
"I'm really happy, I can't believe it", the 19-year-old Ostapenko said.
Centre stage, however, belonged to Paris's darling, the tall, elegant Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, an emotional doubles champion at Roland Garros and a former girls champion here, but halted at the third round in the singles draw for the last three years.
As a result of the rain delays, Tuesday's scheduled men's quarter-finals involving Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were postponed until Wednesday morning.More news: Federation Internationale de Football Association sells 65% of tickets for Confederations Cup matches
The No. 32 seed Zhang set her personal best at Roland Garros by reaching the last 32 with two victories over unseeded players, before facing a tougher challenge from the two-time Grand Slam singles victor Kuznetsova. At the beginning of the match, also due to wind, rain and tough conditions overall, Mladenovic started playing bad, while Bacsinszky was straightaway very fast, and on 4-4 after 18 points played Timea managed to break her opponent and won the set 6-4. Ostapenko's victory occupied 1hr 53min, and Bacsinszky's 1hr 49min, which brought both matches in under the minimum-play requirement of two hours. But maybe lucky me, experience-wise, I don't know. "I just have to go out there and just do my best", she said.
The first women's French Open semi-final has been set after a rain-hit day in Paris and it promises to be a cracker, with the Latvian now having to play the Swiss on both of their birthdays.
Mladenovic appeared to deal better with the initial delay.
In the women's section Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round yesterday. Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist here in 2015, will next meet 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final.More news: Taliban Attack Kills Five Afghan Police, Injures 15
Those last three words might as well be printed on posters to commemorate the 2017 French Open. Ivanovic won the title at the French Open the next year.
The tournament hopes to be able to resume those before the day is done. It is the second time that Bacsinszky has made it to the semis here. Waves of weather - "We had a hurricane, a sandstorm, and we nearly had snow too", Bacsinszky said in her on-court interview - disrupted both players' games, but she said she was ready for a heavy surface.
But Bacsinszky broke back.
Djokovic's progress has been troublesome in comparison, being stretched to five sets by Diego Schwartzman in round three - but the battle-hardened Serb is well-versed in the business end of slams and usually raises his game.More news: Recap with 2 Hours Left, Porsche vs Jackie Chan to the End
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