PARIS, France - On Day 10 at Roland Garros, the rain came, the temperatures dropped, and Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko scored the upsets.
Timea Bacsinszky's nightmare turns into another Parisian dream.
You're forgiven if you think the 27-year-old Swiss is the epitome of calm. She looked completely unflustered on Tuesday, as she nonchalantly dealt with the windy and cold conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier, the potentially raucous partisan crowd, and the multiple rain delays to edge Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 to advance to her second Roland Garros semifinal in the last three years.
But Bacsinzky reassured the press corp that she's human and she did stress out -- in her own way -- over playing her third major quarterfinal.
"I went to bed more or less at 11:00. I woke up at 4:00. Could not sleep for an hour. Went back to sleep. Woke up earlier than my alarm. My heart was beating. Like, it was a rush.
"Then I had a nightmare about how I had to leave the hotel room to go to another tournament, but I forgot some things in the closets. I remember that I had three towels that I wanted to give to my siblings because I have three, but I forgot them in the closet. So it was a big drama, and I could not get onto the plane without giving the towels of the French Open, and I woke up and I was sweating. It was terrible for me.
"So probably if I would not be playing a quarterfinal of a Grand Slam, I would probably not have these nightmares."
Fair enough. This year's Roland Garros towels are a sought after commodity, that's for sure.
Jelena Ostapenko is one cool customer.
A teenager isn't supposed to handle their first Slam quarterfinal as easily as Ostapenko did. The big-hitting Latvian walked out in impossibly windy conditions that clearly favored Caroline Wozniacki's consistent baseline game, fell behind 0-5, and went on to win 16 of the last 25 games to advance to her first major semifinal.
All on her worst surface. Her semifinal opponent and one-time doubles partner Bacsinszky wasn't surprised.
"She's feisty," Bacsinszky said. "She's funny. She's young. I was impressed by her character. She has great timing. She hits the ball very well.
"I don't think that she's apprehensive. Last year she played in Doha against Carla Suárez Navarro. I followed the match and I thought, 'Is she nervous or does she feel pressure? Maybe she drinks pressure.'
"I know it won't be a bed of roses."
Anabel Medina Garrigues: Coach of the Year?
The Spaniard, who has not played a singles match since 2014 and a doubles match since August of last year, has been coaching Ostapenko through the European clay season and the partnership has been a stunning success in Paris.
"Yeah, is really nice to work with her, because she's very experienced and she knows a lot of players," Ostapenko said. "We are improving some things and working on some things. I think it works pretty well."
"I know very well Anabel Medina Garrigues, her coach," Bacsinszky said. "I have never defeated Anabel in the past. I will be prepared very well. I know that she will be very well prepared, as well, but I will give my heart and soul to win the match."
Moderating at its finest.
When you moderate a press conference, you have to stay on your toes. There are few press officers as sharp as Eleanor Preston, who was present at both Garbiñe Muguruza's emotional post-loss conference as well as Bacsinszky's overly-crowded post-quarterfinal conference.
Preston has been acing the fortnight:
Moderator: Please take the first seat that's available.
Bacsinszky: Oh my God. I've never seen such a packed room!
Moderator: You're very popular. Quick as you can, please.
Bacsinszky: Players are ready [laughter]. Please sit as quickly as you can [laughter].
Moderator: Ready? Play.
Quote of the Day: Take it away, Jelena!
Q. Tennis is very simple?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: (Smiling).