Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

The 20-year-old Ostapenko hit 14 winners but made 23 unforced errors, while Halep made just two but only hit one victor. "If not, I will have many years ahead to work and to play some more finals".

By now the momentum was unstoppably with Ostapenko and she took her first match point after an hour and 59 minutes.

Some players need an accumulation of matches and collective match wins to gather great confidence and self-belief on tennis' biggest stages, but I feel like Ostapenko possesses that inner-confidence going into any match. 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'm only 20 years old.

Third-seeded Simona Halep has won the opening set 6-4 in the French Open final against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. "But then I felt: 'I have nothing to lose, so I'm just going to enjoy the match and do my best'". When she'd miss, she would slap her thigh or crack her racket on the red clay or raise a palm as if to say, "What was up with that shot?" But Ostapenko would not go quietly, winning that game and the next three en route to forcing a third set.

Jakovleva stayed home in Latvia during the first week of this year's French Open but even after she arrived in Paris she could not watch her daughter's matches from the stands.

Halep sealed it on the fifth break of serve of the set when Ostapenko hit a forehand long.

A reeling Halep surrendered the set when Ostapenko struck a blazing forehand victor down the line, to the crowd's approval.

Whether it was history, stats or just common sense, Jelena Ostapenko never had a chance to win the French Open title.

That youth and inexperience could count against Ostapenko if she gets overawed by the occasion, but it could also count in her favour if she adopts a fearless attitude. It's her second grand slam final.

The Latvian moved level on serve when Halep hooked a forehand wide and then earned another break to chalk up a fourth game on the trot. She was hitting very strong. Her best result in a Grand Slam prior to this year's French Open came at Wimbledon last year, where she made it to the semi-finals as a member of a mixed doubles team―her partner was Oliver Marach.

Ostapenko continued her feast or starvation style but watched two break points flash by as Halep withstood a sustained assault. Here's a preview of the men's final.

The last woman to win her first tour-level title at a major was Barbara Jordan at the 1979 Australian Open.

- Now coached by two-time French Open doubles champion Anabel Medina Garrigues.

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