Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ostapenko blasts back to claim stunning French title

Ostapenko blasts back to claim stunning French title

Jelena Ostapenko has completed her remarkable French odyssey, becoming the first unseeded French Open champion since 1933, and the very first in the Open era.

"I can't believe I am the Roland Garros champion and I am only 20 years old", Ostapenko told the enthusiastic crowd.

She said: "I think I can not believe I'm the Roland Garros champion".

She said: "I knew I'm already in the final and I'm playing such a great player as Simona".

Ostapenko, ranked 47th, had never won a Tour-level title before and was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam.

- Ostapenko made 23 unforced errors in the first set.

Ostatapenko is the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam and not only did the president from her country call her after her semifinal win, but many of her peers were overflowing with praise for the new star in tennis. "There are no words. It's just unbelievable. It was my dream as a child to win Roland Garros".

- Ostapenko wins her first grand slam title with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Simona Halep.

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George North has, so far, been a pale imitation of the giant who illuminated the series victory over Australia four years ago. It's an excellent opportunity for the players to earn more game time later in the tour, though, as Gatland pointed out.

- Ostapenko came back from 0-3 down to break third seed Halep's serve three times and take the second set 6-4.

"(At 3-0 down in the second set) I was just still trying to play very aggressive and to go for a shot when I had the possibility. Many players before her lost in multiple finals before they finally won and Simona will just have to dig deep and keep working hard. I was 3-0 down but I was fighting for every point. Halep serving to stay in the championship looked nervous and the Latvian needed no extra motivation to finish it off with a backhand victor on Halep's serve, her 299 overall in the tournament. She will nearly certainly be a seeded player from this point forward, and she also no longer has a zero in the championship category. A feisty character who trained as a ballroom dancer before opting for tennis and wears her heart on her sleeve, she had struck an astonishing 245 winners to reach the final, including 50 in the semi-final.

He said that Murray did not play as well this year as he did a year ago, and that played a key role in the outcome. However, Ostapenko rallied and started to reel in her Romanian opponent. I think I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true.

"You have just got to hang in there and hope she misses enough balls to give you enough chances".

As for the future, Ostapenko's big game will surely be a formidable force come the grass.

"But then I learned how to play on it and understood the movement. I am proud of her!" said Vejonis, adding that she has demonstrated a unique achievement in Latvian sports.

The emotions were the polar opposite for Halep, who was the pre-tournament favourite and seemed to have her name on the trophy before it was snatched away in a barrage of Ostapenko winners.

She has stunned 2014 finalist #Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 to win her maiden Grand Slam title! "I just enjoy it so much".

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