However, with the final now set, Halep can turn her attention to Ostapenko, claiming the No. 1 seed and her first Grand Slam.
"I'm really happy, I love to be here", Ostapenko said after the crowd serenaded her with a chorus of Happy Birthday. "I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday", Ostapenko told the spectators who were shouting "happy birthday". "I think it's a nice gift".
At times during a match of 16 service breaks the impetuosity of youth betrayed her as she seemed on the verge of youthful tantrums in the hot sunshine, especially when she lost four games in a row to lose the second set.
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But the Romanian won five consecutive games and then saved match point to take it to a decider, which she finished off easily. I'm not ashamed to say that she played better. I came through a tough match yesterday, but I just care about today. Halep - one of the best movers in the game - soaked up pressure and forced her opponent to miss: Pliskova committed 24 unforced errors in the first. The Romanian, who will be No. 1 in the Race to Singapore next week and No.
The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semifinal. The victor of the match will earn the first Grand Slam of her career.
It's the first time a Canadian woman wins a Grand Slam title.
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The firebrand baseliner is the youngest player to reach a major final since Caroline Wozniacki's advance as a 19-year-old at the 2009 US Open decider.
"And now it's close, but it's close and it's far because I'm playing against somebody who I would say one of the best girls on clay. That's maybe why I won this match".
Pliskova however turned it around, breaking for 4-2 in the second and yelling out in celebration when thwarting three break points in the ensuing game. But Evert is clearly impressed and believes she has the game to profit from the uncertainty surrounding some of the biggest names in the women's game. The matchup presents a lot of interesting variables, as Ostapenko has already proven that she can play against highly-ranked players.
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Pliskova, 25, will replace Angelique Kerber as the new world number one if she beats Halep to make Saturday's final.