Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

  • Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

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.

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

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

- "I can not believe I'm the Roland Garros champion". The 20-year-old Latvian finished the tournament with a total of 299 winners through seven matches in Paris - 54 of which came against Halep. She won the second set going away.

What was most remarkable was how Ostapenko defied her lack of experience to fight back from a seemingly hopeless position.

Third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania will face unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the women's final at the French Open. Later, Ostapenko was asked in a news conference if when she plays at her best, does she think anyone can stop her.

"I was missing but a couple of games were decisive and everything turned my way".

"She played to the plan and she put the ball back that extra time, and Jelena just kept coming up with great shots". I'm just so happy.

The Romanian possesses a counter-punching game and against Ostapenko could do nothing but react to her opponent's booming ground strokes.

"I'd say I have a pretty long way to go there", said Vondrousova recently, attempting to play down any comparisons.

But Ostapenko tried it and tried it again, and it worked. Ostapenko's 50th victor of the match was another half-volley, helping her to a 5-3 lead, which she then converted against the serve by thumping Halep's delivery straight back past her. Also missing from the tournament was two-time major champ Victoria Azarenka (slated to return soon after having a baby), while current No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost in the first round in Paris.

The early years in tennis were not easy for Ostapenko, however, as her family scrambled for the money to finance her career. It's just the way I play. That also helped me. "I just enjoy it so much".

Each of them said there was very little they could have done to change things, such was the power and utter fearlessness of Ostapenko, who said she was nervous in the final but showed no sign of it as she continued to crack the ball as hard as she could. Of course I would like to win probably all of the grand slams. From there on everything started falling into place for the unseeded player as she won the next 5 games. To play final, it's an unbelievable thing.

'She has a lot of advantage because she knows most of the match depends on her side.

Her relentless, tight-to-the-baseline playing style has elicited some comparisons to a young Seles, but unlike Ostapenko, Seles hit with two hands on both her forehand and her backhand. "I would be surprised if she came out and hit winners all over the court like she has been". If she can enjoy this moment, instead of being overwhelmed by it, then who knows how many of these things she might win.

"This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more - I realize more what is happening. But I [feel] like I am going to do it maybe next year".

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