PARIS (AP) — Sometimes, nerves get the better of Timea Bacsinszky. The good thing is it happens off the tennis court.
Facing wind, rain and cold and a crowd cheering her French opponent, the 30th-seeded Swiss player on Tuesday reached the French Open semifinals. Bacsinszky defeated 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in a match twice interrupted by rain.
It was all the more impressive considering she hardly slept the night before.
“I went to bed more or less at 11 p.m.,” Bacsinszky said. “I woke up at 4 a.m. I 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.”
Bacsinszky was having a nightmare. She dreamed she had to leave her hotel room and play in another tournament. But at the last minute she realized had forgotten crucial things — presents for her family.
“I remember that I…