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Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko wins French Open final against Simona Halep

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko wins French Open final against Simona Halep

On Saturday at Roland Garros, the grumbling stopped as we were treated to a thrilling match that went back-and-forth between the upstart Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and the seasoned player, Simona Halep. Ostapenko, only a few days removed from her 20th birthday, upset Halep to take home her own first-ever major.

- She guided a handsome forehand down to line to draw level with her 36th victor of the match.

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.

Tennis fans have been complaining about the crisis of women's tennis and wondering where the stars are.

Plus, one must marvel at her tenacity and ability to come from behind.

Jelena Ostapenko produced an astonishing fightback to overpower favourite Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the French Open final on Saturday and become the first Latvian grand slam champion.

Definitely showed that over the past two weeks.

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She is also the youngest French Open victor since Iva Majoli in 1997 at the age of 19, and the first player to win a debut Tour-level title at a Slam since Gustavo Kuerten in Paris that same year.

At 20, she is the youngest victor here since Iva Majoli upset Martina Hingis to take the title in 1997 while she is the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam singles title and she will rise from a ranking of 47 to 12 when the list is updated tomorrow. "If I have a chance to go for a shot, I'm trying for it", said Ostapenko, just the 3rd woman born in the 1990s to capture a Slam title.

So bring on the grass at the All England Club, where Ostapenko's presence could be key.

"Serena is my idol". But in the deciding moments, I played pretty well. Same with Petra Kvitova, a two-time victor at the All England Club, who just began her comeback from a knife attack.

- Ostapenko came back from 1-3 down to draw level at 3-3 with a crucial hold of serve against Halep.

"I still have to improve some things and to get better as player".

"So I think it's kind of maybe a lucky, lucky number or something", Ostapenko told reporters.

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"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. And then (if) a lot of these top players continue to play against each other, create some rivalries, (there will be) a lot of interest in the women's game".

But Ostapenko simply does not do fear and she continued to attack, slamming groundstroke winners on both sides, the power of her striking drawing gasps from the crowd.

Her task became much more hard early in the second.

Remarkably, Ostapenko had never won a title until now.

"When I first played on it, I didn't like it at all". But she held, and went on a four-game surge, playing the only way she knows how: from the front foot and going for the lines. It's like for soccer, made for soccer. It was with icy composure that she negated the Ukrainian's lead to secure a place in the semi-final, where she played out another defiant match against the second seed Karolina Pliskova.

Ostapenko will be sad that Williams will not be at Wimbledon as she sees a lot of the American's feistiness in herself.

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