Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion

The 20-year-old Ostapenko, who had never won a Tour-level title before, clawed back from a set and 3-0 down to storm past the experienced Romanian in a two-hour long contest on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"She is smiling all the time", Medina Garrigues 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.

Great Britain's Margaret Scriven was the last unseeded player to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 1933. When serving at 5-4, Ostapenko smiled as the French crowd rose in a Mexican wave.

And then she roared away. All the credit for what you have done. To play a final, it's an wonderful thing. "Enjoy it, be happy and keep it going because you're like a kid".

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Now that Ostapenko has one Slam under her belt, she is hungry for more.

It was only Ostapenko's eighth appearance at one of the four tennis majors, the fewest by a champion since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004.

The world number 47 became the first player to win their maiden trophy at Roland Garros - or indeed any grand slam - since Gustavo Kuerten's triumph on June 8, 1997, the day of Ostapenko's birth.

Women's tennis has been crying out for a young player to not just make a breakthrough but build on it and become a great champion. She's fearless, as you can see below in her victor count. Despite having only recently turned 20, or perhaps because of it, she brimmed with confidence and performed with conviction. "I think she has a big chance now to win the final, she's going to deserve it". She lost to Karolina Pliskova. Secondly, not a single player from Latvia, man or woman, had ever captured a Grand Slam title.

Many parts of Ostapenko's game malfunctioned at various times in this match, which is usually a kiss of death against the consistent, speedy, error-free Halep.

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She eventually lost the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in her second final at Roland Garros. Halep seemed to be carrying the momentum into the second set taking a 3-0 lead. But as her record in the past two weeks suggested, she produced some of her best tennis when cornered. Ostapenko beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals and No. 23 seed Samantha Stosur in the Round of 32.

"She has a lot of advantage because she knows most of the match depends on her side".

After telling herself to calm down on multiple occasions, Ostapenko started finding her range in the second set.

What was most remarkable was how Ostapenko defied her lack of experience to fight back from a seemingly hopeless position. She broke Halep at love in that opening game with a bolt of a backhand victor down the line. On the other hand, Nadal had a straight-set victory over hard-serving Dominic Thiem in his semifinal match. I think I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true. Hurts a lot, and I need time just to, I don't know.

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