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Summary

  1. Williams beats Putintseva 5-7 6-4 6-1
  2. Bertens beats Bacsisnzky 7-5 6-2
  3. Djokovic beats Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-3
  4. Thiem beats Goffin 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-1

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

There is some mixed doubles and junior action still pootering around on the outside courts.

But we are done for today's main action.

A quick look ahead to tomorrow's forecast...

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Hmm, soggy.

Well fingers crossed. 

Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka is second on Philippe Chatrier, not before 14:00 BST.

See you there.

Semi-final slots full

They said it would never happen, but, right on time, our semi-final line-up is complete.

The men's sorts out like this:

Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem

The women's last four goes thus:

Serena Williams v Kiki Bertens

Garbine Muguruza v Sam Stosur

Williams to face Bertens

Bertens 7-5 6-2 Bacsinszky

World number 58 Kiki Bertens is in tears over on Suzanne-Lenglen Court.

She's come through her quarter-final against world number nine Timea Bacsinszky 7-5 6-2 to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

The Dutch 24-year-old now has the simple task of getting past Serena Williams. Gulp.   

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Williams reaches semi-finals

Williams 5-7 6-4 6-1 Putintseva

A short and sweet post-match interview on court from Serena Williams.

She was asked about Putintseva and said: "She's unbelievable and I didn't think I was going to win that but somehow I did. 

"Thank you for the support."

Game, set and match Willliams

Williams 5-7 6-4 6-1 Putintseva

Serena Williams congratulates Yulia Putintseva at the net with a kind word and wide smile.

She has been given a chasing today. You have got to like the cut of Yulia Putintseva's jib. She is an uncompromising competitor and I think we will be seeing plenty more of her if she keeps playing like that.

Serena Williams celebrates
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Putintseva saves three match points, deuce

*Williams 5-7 6-4 5-1 Putintseva

Serena Williams racks up three match points.

Still Yulia Putintseva is not willing to play the role of gallant loser.

She fights back to 40-30 with a deep backhand that Serena chases in vain.

And then a vicious little cross-court wallop is past the American's groping racquet.

The crowd are loving this.

*Williams 5-7 6-4 5-1 Putintseva

Lady Luck hands Yulia Putintseva a well-earned slice of luck pie, giving the Kazakh's drop-shot a leg-over the net at 40-30.

She is on the board in the decider.

She is likely to be out of it in the next game.

Serena to serve for the last four.

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"There's plenty of young, inexperienced players who would have faded away in this third set. Despite the score, Putintseva's given it everything."

Yulia Putintseva prepares to serve
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Kiki Bertens on the brink...

Bertens 7-5 4-1 Bacsinszky

...of victory.

The Dutch world number 58 is 4-1 up in the second set against Timea Bacsinszky having won the first set 7-5. 

She looks set to join Garbine Muguruza and Samantha Stosur in the women's semis. 

But will Bertens play Serena Williams or Yulia Putintseva? 

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Williams 5-7 6-4 5-0 *Putintseva

The skills are all there, but so is the sheer bloody-minded mongrelness needed to compete with the very best.

Yulia Putintseva is chasing to the end, forcing a break point as she scrapes a drop-shot up of the floor.

Serena Williams saves that one though. And she does not look like being derailed.

Williams breaks

*Williams 5-7 6-4 4-0 Putintseva

Serena Williams stretches wide and cranks back a return at an absurd angle for an eye-popping winner.

She punches the air in glee in reaction. Putintseva looks to the skies for divine assistance.

It is not forthcoming. She is double break down and on the brink.

Putintseva saves two break points, deuce

Williams 5-7 6-4 3-0 *Putintseva

So strong for so long, Yulia Putintseva is starting to crumble.

The Kazakh misses her first serve at 15-30 down, dashes her racquet to the floor and then misses with her second.

But she knuckles down and save both break points,

Williams 5-7 6-4 3-0 *Putintseva

The way that Serena Williams lays the towel over her knees at a changeover is a little like a pensioner on a day-trip to the seaside.

The way she is playing right now is a lot more sprightly.

Another titanium-lined service game. Putintseva could be left far behind if she isn't careful.

A big game coming up...

Williams breaks

*Williams 5-7 6-4 2-0 Putintseva

Serena Williams with a backhand slug that smears across the paint for a clean winner and 15-30.

She was nowhere near settled with her feet. It didn't make a difference.

Yulia Putintseva throws her arms up in despair.

Two break points on their way - and Putintseva buries the ball into the midpoint of the net.

The beginning of the end?

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan
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Williams 5-7 6-4 1-0 *Putintseva

Serena Williams usually makes unexpectedly heavy weather of at least one match on her way to a Grand Slam final.

Is this one of those? Or might Yulia Putintseva be a headline rather than a footnote?

Williams is set to business mode in the first game as she holds to 15 with a whipped forehand into open court and a clenched fist.

Whiley through to semi-finals

French Open 2016

Britain's Jordanne Whiley pulled off a massive scalp in the wheelchair singles earlier today.

The 2015 US Open champion beat Dutch world number one Jiske Griffioen 6-0 2-6 6-3 to progress to the French Open semi-finals for the first time. 

But compatriot Lucy Shuker went out in three sets against Marjolein Buis. 

Jordanne Whiley
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Over on Suzanne-Lenglen

Bertens 7-5 Bacsinszky

Kiki Bertens has nabbed the first set 7-5 against world number nine Timea Bacsinszky in the other women's quarter-final.

Bertens, number 58 in the world, has never reached the semi-finals before while her Swiss opponent is hoping to make the last four for the second year running. 

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Game and second set Williams

Williams 5-7 6-4 Putintseva

Serena Williams goes back to the well one too many times as she drop-shots straight into the foot of the net at 0-15 up.

Instead she turns the power dial up to 11 again and Putintseva finds herself two set points down at 15-40.

What a touch! Putintseva saves the first with a nerveless cross-court reply to a Serena drop-shot. Perfection.

But then comes the aberration. 

A double-fault and a free pass to a deciding set for Williams.

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Some of the errors from Serena have been spectacularly awful. When she gets it on she really get it wrong."

Serena Williams
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Williams saves a second break point and holds

Williams 5-7 5-4 *Putintseva

Another break point. But Yulia Putintseva clubs a forehand long as the ball sits up pretty for her via a net-cord snick.

How many times might that one get replayed in the underdog's dreams tonight?

Serena's advantage as she tickles in a drop-shot with so much delicacy it is like he is wearing elbow-length velvet gloves.

Putintseva wide and Williams throws her arms into the air in delight.

This match is taking her deep into her emotional reserves.

Williams saves break point, deuce

*Williams 5-7 4-4 Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva is channeling the spirits that Stan Wawrinka called up for last year's final on the same court.

A whopper of a backhand down the line brings up 30-30.

Serena duffs long on the next point and the Kazakh has a break point.

Serena comes thundering into the net, applies the pressure and sees it off to make deuce.

Alix Ramsay

Journalist, The Scotsman, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Serena looks like she can hardly believe it but almost looks resigned to it. She's looking a miserable."

Serena Williams looks dejected
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Putintseva holds

*Williams 5-7 4-4 Putintseva

The Great Escape.

Yulia Putintseva dives out of the way of an over-cooked Serena forehand to allow it to fly long.

She has recovered from 0-40 down to win five straight points,

Putintseva saves three break points, deuce

Williams 5-7 4-3 *Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva takes a punt down the line as Serena Williams offers her corridor of space at 0-15 up.

Just long. 

Love-thirty becomes 0-40 and three break points as Williams hammers away an exocet winner.

Two back in the bag as Serena fails to get over the top of a high baseline bounce.

Putintseva smuggles in a second serve on the next point and hits a gutsy top-spinning forehand winner to get to deuce.

Meanwhile...

Big news in the Murray household where border terrier Maggie has a book out today - How to look after your Human.

Like all the biggest stars, she has employed a ghost writer to do all the donkey work of actually turning thoughts into words. Andy's wife Kim Sears has got the gig.

Dogs always make live text commentaries better. Fact.

1/2 Hi folks, I wrote a book that's out today! It's all about owning humans (because I'm pretty darn good at it)

1/2 Hi folks, I wrote a book that's out today! It's all about owning humans (because I'm pretty darn good at it)

Putintseva breaks

Williams 5-7 4-3 *Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva with a break point.

Serena Williams misses with her first serve. And second!

Audible gasps around Philippe Chatrier.

This set is back on serve and the shock is back on.

Williams taken to deuce

*Williams 5-7 4-2 Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva rips an absolute brute of a forehand across court for 30-30.

A blur of a shot. Such power for such a small frame.

She is wide as she attempts to go up the line in the next point. But Serena has pumped a forehand long.

We are to deuce and a chance for Putintseva to buy a pass back into the second set.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan hits a forehand
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*Williams 5-7 4-2 Putintseva

Serena Williams crunches a backhand almost sideways into the umpires' chair for a winner and 15-30.

Here is a little pressure for the Kazakh to deal with.

Putintseva fights her way back to 40-30 with an ace and a net press.

And finishes the job with a clean-as-a-whistle forehand against the grain.

She is sticking around in this set even with Williams on the rampage.

Dan King

Sun journalist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Putintseva not only needs to hold her serve but puts up a fight on Serena's

"If Serena gets momentum you would fear for her chances. She needs to give Serena something to think about."

Williams 5-7 4-1 *Putintseva

Serena Williams has not lost any of the many layers that she has wrapped herself up in today.

She is sporting a long-sleeved top and mid-length leggings, along with her tennis skirt.

And her game looks like it is warming up in there.

She drags Putintseva around the court surface like an old mop as she stretches the second-set scoreline further her way.

Williams breaks

*Williams 5-7 3-1 Putintseva

Serena Williams has done the calculations and come up with a new tactic, pushing Yulia Putintseva back onto the line judges's toes at the back of the court before teasing a drop-shot into the front.

Three break points at 0-40 are the reward for her invention.

Yulia Putintseva whacks away a winner to get within sight of safety at 30-40, but over-cooks as she presses too hard on the next point.

Serena with her nose in front.

Serena Williams
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Williams 5-7 2-1 *Putintseva

After the semi-strop, Serena Williams is showing her streetsmarts.

The top seed reads Yulia Putintseva's intentions brilliantly to pat away a forehand volley in the first point of the game.

A well-weighted little bunt over the top of the Kazakh wins the final point.

She holds to 30 to turn the screw a little tighter.

Williams breaks

*Williams 5-7 1-1 Putintseva

Serena Williams clambers into a smash, hammering into the red dirt to break back.

Is this the start of the comeback?

Serena Williams hits a return
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Deuce on Putintseva serve

Williams 5-7 0-1 *Putintseva

Serena Williams' body language is that of Harry Enfield's Kevin the Teenager.

By contrast, Yulia Putintseva is jigging about like a Californian life coach.

Williams is thumping the ball hard, Putintseva is haring around like a terrier.

We are to deuce.

Dan King

Sun journalist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"This could be the biggest story of the tournament so far."

Putintseva
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Putintseva breaks

Williams 5-7 0-1 *Putintseva

Not only have the wheels have come off, but the engine has dropped out and the gearbox is mush.

Serena Williams looks like she would rather be anywhere than on court. Yulia Putintseva has her teeth deep in and breaks to love.

Sound the klaxon, clear the area, the biggest seed of all could be falling. 

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Slang: Can't help but like Yulia Putintseva. Like a box of fireworks, usually all going off at once.  

Ben Ainsworth: People think serena's game is off - but Putintseva's beating her with great tactics. Loopy forehands are working a treat.

*Williams 5-7 Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva celebrated that first set lustily, flinging her arms skywards and exhorting more volume from the cheap seats.

She has got the eye of the tiger.

If Serena spotted those antics though, it might be the sort of thing that relights her fire.

Serena to serve first in the second set.

Dan King

Sun journalist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Putintseva's urging the crowd to get behind her and they really are.

"It was superb. She's stood up to Serena and did everything you could possibly ask."

Game and first set Putintseva

*Williams 5-7 Putintseva

This is the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday night in Stoke.

The wind is whistling around Court Philippe Chatrier and Serena Williams is failing the test.

The American allows the set to slip away as Putintseva holds to love.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan celebrates
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