Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko shocks Simona Halep to win French Open

Posted June 23, 2017

The 20-year-old Latvian stunned the tennis world as she reached the showpiece with Simona Halep at Roland Garros and then added another chapter to her remarkable story with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win on Saturday.

Jelena Ostapenko came to Roland Garros as an unseeded player who had never won a professional title of any kind.

A huge sensation happened today at Roland Garros after Jelena Ostapenko defeated Simona Halep in the finals of French Open and for the first time in her career won one tournament.

"I'd like to say congratulations to Simona, you had a great week, you played great, I hope you have many more finals and you will win it", added the Latvian, who was a first-round loser in this tournament past year.

And after her astounding comeback, we have delved into Ostapenko's background to paint a picture of the new champion and her achievements.

Ostapenko fired 54 winners and 54 unforced errors compared to Halep's eight and 10 respectively. Ostapenko, only a few days removed from her 20th birthday, upset Halep to take home her own first-ever major. "There are no words".

After saving a break point in the opening game of the second set, Halep took a 3-0 lead as she started to absorb her opponent's powerful shots better and mixed up the pace. But I tried to play aggressive and everything turned my way. "At some point, I was like a spectator on the court. I'm glad it finished my way", said Ostapenko, who finished the tournament with 299 winners.

Wawrinka had impressive straight-set victories over Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic in the fourth round and quarterfinals, respectively, before he outlasted Murray by a 6-7, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 score.

Halep, the runner-up in 2014 also, hailed Ostapenko. She was hitting very strong.

Ostapenko is making history in more ways than one. But in the deciding moments, I played pretty well.

"She came out like a thunderstorm in that third set (against Bacsinszky)", seven-time champion Chris Evert said. It's wonderful to play here. So I want to have many more if it's possible.

The last woman to gain her first tour title at a Grand Slam tournament was Barbara Jordan of the United States at the 1979 Australian Open. But I think I can walk just in the city and be relaxed. She played really well in the very tough moments for her when I was up a set and 3-0.

"Can she become a serial Grand Slam champion?"

She also joins Kuerten among six unseeded French Open singles winners, with Margaret Scriven - back in 1933 - the only other woman to achieve the feat. But if she keeps playing like this, with no fear, then who's to say she can't win there, too?

Ostapenko chose a tennis career over ballroom dancing, something she still practises four times a week - her favourite dance is the samba.