Unseeded Ostapenko rallies to win French Open

Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year-old player from Latvia, became a victor of the French Open 2017, she beatRomania's Simona Halep in three sets, 4-6 6-4 6-3.

"I mean, I think I can not believe I am Roland Garros champion, and I am only 20 years old", Ostapenko said in an on-court interview after her upset win.

"I want to congratulate Jelena".

Recalling her first experience of grass aged 15, she said: "When I first played on it, I didn't like it at all".

The difference in approach was clear in the final statistics, Ostapenko ending with 54 winners and 54 errors, to Halep's eight winners and 10 errors.

Halep's defensive skills were outstanding and she regained her composure to go up 3-1 in the third, only for Ostapenko to hit back again.

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"I knew the history and on the day I was born Gustavo Kuerten won his first tour title at Roland Garros". "There are no words".

With nothing to lose and everything to gain against third-seeded favourite Simona Halep of Romania, Ostapenko came back from one set down and trailing 0-3 in the second to register a remarkable 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win in one hour and 59 minutes on Philippe-Chatrier Court.

"(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.

"Of course I will probably now will have more pressure and attention, but I'm going to try to deal with that", she said. "I'm glad it finished my way", said Ostapenko, who finished the tournament with 299 winners. Tracy Austin, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis were all 16 when they won their first major singles titles. At such a crucial moment, the lucky break gave Ostapenko a 4-3 lead.

Halep had lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final.

"But in the next couple of years, I understood how to play, how to move and then I really liked it. Wimbledon is in three weeks and I'm feeling quite confident now so I'm really looking forward to playing there".

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Following her biggest career victory, Ostapenko will rise to world number 12 in the WTA rankings.

A large contingent of Romanian fans was now chanting her name with confidence, but her run of six games in a row came to an end, and Ostapenko grabbed the momentum. It's an incredible thing.

"I would like to win all of the Grand Slams". A win in Paris would also have handed her the top spot in women's tennis.

"This one hurts a lot maybe because I realize more about what is happening". "Not before that. I was just taking it step by step".

President Raimonds Rejoins called to wish her luck after the semi-final, and a giant screen in Riga showed the final. The unseeded tennis player really believes now that "anything is possible".

Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday Thursday with a semifinal victory over No. 30 seed Timea Bacsinszky.

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