French Open 2017: Ostapenko stuns Halep for first major title

  • French Open 2017: Ostapenko stuns Halep for first major title

French Open 2017: Ostapenko stuns Halep for first major title

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.

World No. 47 Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to lift the Roland Garros title in the Open era and the first Latvian major champion in history. "It's incredible", Ostapenko said.

In today's men' singles final, former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka face off for the 2017 Roland-Garros title, with the Spaniard chasing an unprecedented Grand Slam Decima and the Swiss eyeing his fourth major in as many years.

Her win makes her the youngest Roland Garros champion since Iva Majoli in 1997, and the youngest Slam victor since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.

She said, 'Maybe one time I will become a champion here'.

Remarkably, Ostapenko had never won a title until now. It looks like it was the right decision. But if she keeps playing like this, with no fear, then who's to say she can't win there, too? Three years ago it was something new, so now I know.

"She played really well in the very tough moments for her when I was up set and 3-0".

She fired 54 winners to script a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over World No 3 Simona Halep. "I was just trying to go for shots when I could and on match point". Though Simona Halep was expecte to win and was the favourite, she did manage to win the first set easily by 4-6.

She thumped 14 winners to Halep's one in the first set, but committed 23 unforced errors to two - and paid the price for her relentless aggression.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Sharapova, Halep clearly felt her name was on this trophy. Ostapenko's average forehand speed topped that of men's No. 1 Andy Murray this fortnight.

Vondrousova, beaten in the semi-finals by Ostapenko as she went on to claim the 2014 junior Wimbledon crown, is being hailed as a rising star in the mould of Navratilova.

- Ostapenko and Halep split four breaks of serve in the opening six games.

Ostapenko certainly was ready, sooner than even she could imagine.

Her task became much more hard early in the second. She took advantage of a bit of luck, too, holding for a 5-3 lead when she hit a backhand that clipped the top of the net, popped way up in the air, then dropped over onto Halep's side.

In press conference Ostapenko revealed what she thought when she was down: "'I'm already in the final and I'm playing such a great player as Simona", the Latvian said.

This was the classic contrast of styles, with Halep a superb mover and defender, but ultimately aggression won out.

A simple equation was widely expected to decide the final - the Ostapenko winners to unforced error tallies would tell the tale. "So if I can reduce them, I think it will be helpful".

Halep held and later broke for 3-1.

When the next WTA rankings are released on Monday, Jelena Ostapenko will join the game's elite. She stormed to the last five games, officially winning her first grand slam title by crushing a backhand return victor down the line.

But she doesn't want to stop there. It belied the moment and enormity of the occasion, especially at her age.

In their first head-to-head clash, Ostapenko heated up quicker into the match as she finished a break as early as in the first game with her familiar forehand attack, before her Romanian opponent made a quick response to break in the second.