Ostapenko wins; Nadal vs. Wawrinka in final

Jelena Ostapenko springs a surprise in French Open

Jelena Ostapenko springs a surprise in French Open

WHEN she was about 12, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko made a trip to Paris and to Roland Garros, to have a look at the French Open, not even dreaming that one day she would be there as a player.

She broke to go up 4-3 on an improbably net cord, held for 5-3, then with the help of a slight mishit inside-out backhand broke Halep, raising her arms and screaming after slapping a victor off a serve on match point.

Third-seeded Simona Halep has won the opening set 6-4 in the French Open final against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. Here are the takeaways fro.

Brilliant winners were exchanged in the first moments of the second set but the momentum had clearly shifted to Halep's favour, as she took a quick 3-0 lead.

Ostapenko joins Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, and last year's French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in a select group.

Some doubt whether such an approach can seriously upset Halep, especially in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a French Open final.

"I was losing 6-4, 3-0, and then in my mind I was just going to enjoy the match, and try to fight until the last point". Her coach, Darren Cahill, said it would have been a "nice bonus" but that this possibility did not add stress to her preparations.

Simona Halep: "I'm sad I couldn't win it, but it was a great experience".

Those numbers are counter-balanced by her unforced errors - 54 on Saturday and 271 in total - but they were not enough to stop the energy-charged Ostapenko from bulldozing her way to the title, firing faster forehands on average than men's world number one Andy Murray. But I think I can walk just in the city and be relaxed.

Unsurprisingly, as a huge outsider, Ostapenko, who turned professional in 2012, left the record books in tatters as she beat Halep in the Roland Garros final.

The women's game in recent years has been littered with players who have struggled to follow up major breakthroughs, but Ostapenko is determined not to get too carried away. I think I played okay.

Halep rescued three break points at the start of the second and things began to unravel for Ostapenko as she sent a forehand wide to fall further behind. I love you guys.

Playing a fearless brand of tennis with a level of danger that shares similarities with the Auckland Sky Tower jump, Ostapenko took risks throughout the fortnight here and will return to Riga with a grand slam title in the bag.

To make it a doubly hard day for the 25-year-old, the defeat meant she also missed out on becoming world number one. If she plays good, it's very hard that somebody can beat her. In time, she is likely to have her shot at Grand Slam glory and, perhaps, the No. 1 ranking.

"Staying aggressive, I knew I would feel my game again and make less mistakes".

French Open 2017 saw a new Women's Champion. "I didn't really understand how to play on grass", Ostapenko said.

"When I was in Auckland I really wanted to jump from the tower but my mum really did not want me to do it because she felt it was kind of unsafe".

"She was hitting very strong", Halep said after the match.

"You have just got to hang in there and hope she misses enough balls to give you enough chances".

Finally, it was Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko who reached the finals. I've just enjoyed it so much.

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

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