French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible

  • French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible

French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible

But she was unfazed, hitting 54 winners in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over title favourite Simona Halep to become Latvia's first grand slam singles champion.

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.

Ostapenko, who just celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday, has already made history in the semifinals as the first Latvian player to make into the final at a Grand Slam tournament.

Halep seemed to be cruising towards victory when she led 3-0 in the second set and had break points for 4-0 but then the unseeded Ostapenko loosened up and fired winners into every corner and on to every line.

"I still can't believe I won", Ostapenko told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. I have no words, it is my dream. I will keep working, because I really want to repeat what I have done this tournament.

However, in an extended fourth game, she couldn't convert any of three break points to go 4-0 up and Ostapenko won six of the next seven games to wrestle momentum.

The top seed in the tournament, Konta plays fellow Brit Tara Moore in the first round and, on paper at least, has a realistic chance of winning her first WTA title on home soil.

PARIS - Top-seeded Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine beat Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday to capture the French Open junior girls' doubles title. "This will be tough for sure but I think she will regroup and she'll be a better player for it". If the third seed managed to put a potential victor back into play, the youngster would hit another victor which would land inside more often than not. Since 1991, she became the first player who came back in the finals after losing the first set.

"I am not feeling any more expectation than previous years".

Behind after 39 minutes, Ostapenko showed no inclination to temper her approach.

"I wasn't even thinking about it", she said.

"Now I want to congratulate Jelena - it's an awesome thing".

She again summoned a veteran's resolve down 3-1 in the third set, taking the match's last five games and, fittingly, striking a pair of winners on the last two points. Halep could not have expected to rely on her adversary's unforced errors to win a Grand Slam title, she clearly needed to bring an extra bit to her game.

"I've been sick in the stomach with emotion", Halep said. I think I'm going to only understand that in maybe couple of days or couple of weeks (smiling).' Have you always played tennis with the style you play now, the quick strike, the going for your shots all the time? - Venus said after winning his first grand slam title. But in the deciding moments, I played pretty well. She put the secret of her success as the errors mounted to letting go some of the anxiety she felt before the match.

Her confidence comes both from youth and the knowledge that, when she is on form, very few players can live with her.

And her intent was clear right from the start as she broke Halep's serve to love in the opening game with an array of winners.

She is the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933.