Ostapenko stuns Halep to win French Open

  • Ostapenko stuns Halep to win French Open

Ostapenko stuns Halep to win French Open

"At some point, I was like a spectator on the court".

Wimbledon is the next grand slam tournament of the year next month and Ostapenko's style of play should be well suited to playing on grass. It's about another 20-year-old - albeit twenty years removed - a Latvian girl called Jelena Ostapenko.

A 100-1 outsider at the start of the tournament, she will rise from 47th to 12th in the world rankings following her spectacular victory.

She is the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since 1933.

Rather than being fazed, Ostapenko was enjoying being front and centre at one of the biggest tournaments in tennis. She waited till they finally settled down, stepped in and coolly served out the set.

"All the credit for what you've done". "Jelena, enjoy it, be happy, because you are young like a kid".

Remarkably, Ostapenko had never won a title until now.

"I knew the history and on the day I was born Gustavo Kuerten won his first tour title at Roland Garros".

If her style is not quite as simple as "hit it and rip it", there is no question that when Ostapenko sees a ball she thinks she can slap, she does. Despite having only recently turned 20, or perhaps because of it, she brimmed with confidence and performed with conviction. There was grace in that brutal hitting, and the steady footwork which is its foundation is a legacy of her balance and quick feet in the ballroom.

Ostapenko set the tone from the first rally Saturday, winning it with a big backhand down the line that Halep could not handle.

Ostapenko is next scheduled to play at 's-Hertogenbosch while Halep is scheduled to return in Birmingham.
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Her task became much more hard early in the second.

There was a clear opportunity for a breakthrough at this French Open with Williams, now 35, taking a hiatus for the birth of her first child and with No. 1 Angelique Kerber in an extended slump.

"She has a lot to be proud of", Cahill said.

Ostapenko had promised to stick to her uncomplicated routine of attack-attack-attack before the final and was true to her word as she walloped 54 clean winners - and 54 unforced errors.

The 23 unforced errors caught up to the Latvian and Halep took the opening set.

Halep won the second set with a net-cord victor but on Saturday Ostapenko earned the key break of the third at 3-3 with her own slice of luck.

She burst onto the scene over these two weeks with a brash brand of tennis. The last woman to lose the first set in the French and then rally for a win was Jen Capriati in 2001. We're going into grass season, where she'll be on even more solid ground.

He broke again in Thiem's next service game to make it 3-0, and then again to make it 5-0, with No 6 seed Thiem looking overawed by the 31-year-old's strength and movement. Halep took the first set, putting Ostapenko in a hole that no woman at the French Open has dug out of in 16 years.

Jelena Ostapenko completed her wonderful and wholly improbable two-week journey from teenage hopeful to dazzling Grand Slam champion on Saturday when she came from a set down to blitz Simona Halep at Roland-Garros with one of the tournament's most stupendous performances. But if she keeps playing like this, with no fear, then who's to say she can't win there, too? To all the people back home, I got lots of messages and support.

"I'm really happy to win here".