Ostapenko roars back to upset Halep in French Open final

Shock French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko said she will keep true to her fearless, big-hitting game in the confident belief that more Grand Slam titles are just around the corner.

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko, who turned 20 three days ago, shocked the world when she defeated #3 seed Simona Halep, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to win the 2017 French Open.

The 20-year-old Ostapenko fought back from 3-0 down in the set and the Latvian wrapped it up with a forehand down the line, her 36th victor of the match.

Ostapenko also became the first Latvian player to win a Grand Slam in the single competition.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko produced a remarkable display of tennis to clinch the French Open title on Saturday afternoon. The Latvian finished the match with the same number of winners and unforced errors compared to just eight winners and 10 errors for Halep.

In the absence of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, this was the most open of French Opens in years, and there will be many who say this would never have happened had any of them been at Roland Garros. She, too, was looking to win her first major but unlike Ostapenko is a household name and established at the top of the women's game. At some point I was like a spectator on court.

"I wasn't even thinking about it", she said. "I want to really hit the ball".

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En route to the final, she beat a string of higher-ranked players, including Australia's Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.

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

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. In time, she is likely to have her shot at Grand Slam glory and, perhaps, the No. 1 ranking. I think nobody teached me.

1933 — The previous time an unseeded player won the women's title at the French Open.

Halep, who saved match point against Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals, had no response this time and Ostapenko sealed a stunning triumph with another break by hammering a backhand down the line.

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And if that wasn't enough, once she did arrive to the courts Saturday in Paris, Ostapenko was off her game early, losing the opening set. I think I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true. "And I will work hard to climb the ranking and to maybe win some more titles". She played really well in the very tough moments.

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