Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko wins French Open title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 8:32
"It was always my dream, when I was a child I was watching players here". She also denied Halep what would have been her first major championship and the No. 1 ranking.
"I mean I can't believe I'm champion at 20", Ostapenko, the first woman to win the title from a set down since Jennifer Capriati in 2001, said on court.
She also became only the second woman in the Open Era, joining Martina Navratilova (Wimbledon, 1978), to win her first Grand Slam after being down a set in the final.
Simona Halep: Halep might not have walked away with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, but she enjoyed the best overall record on clay for 2017, amassing a 19-3 record by defending her Mutua Madrid Open title, finishing runner-up at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, and reaching the semifinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
It was her first career title as she became the lowest-ranked victor in Paris, taking the trophy in just her eighth major appearance.
It was Ostapenko's first career title as she became the lowest-ranked victor in Paris, taking the trophy in just her eighth Major appearance.
Petra Martic's march back from injury and into the world's top 100 players accelerated, as her reward for becoming the lowest-ranked player to reach the second-week of play in two decades was a jump of 161 places up to 129th.
Next up on the Grand Slam circuit is Wimbledon. She appeared headed for a runaway victory when up a set and 3-0 in the second, plus holding three break points for the chance to lead 4-0.
She dropped the opening set four times throughout the fortnight (against Louisa Chirico in her first round, Samantha Stosur in the fourth round, Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals and Halep in the final). But then, Ostapenko turn around wildly in.
"We need personalities, and she's a personality", seven-time French Open victor Chris Evert told Eurosport.
"When I first played on grass, I didn't like it", she said, recalling playing on grass at Roehampton in England as a 15-year-old. "She's fun to watch", said the Roland Garros Champion.
Broady argued that Ostapenko should have been disqualified for this, but her opponent said it slipped out of her hand and was allowed to play on.
But when you ask Jelena Ostapenko's mum Jelena Jakovleva what her best quality is, the response is immediate.
"There were a couple of games when everything went my way and I was ready to fight for every point". "I have to say a star is born", Evert, working as pundit for broadcaster Eurosport said.