Ostapenko blasts back in stunning fashion to claim French Open title - NAN

Ostapenko moves up 35 ranking places to No 12 after her win at Roland GarrosYOAN VALAT  EPA

Ostapenko moves up 35 ranking places to No 12 after her win at Roland GarrosYOAN VALAT EPA

"She actually said it to me now in the locker room, that she was tight", Pliskova said after the match.

The Latvian beat Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 to become the first unseeded victor of the tournament in the post-War era, propelling her from 47th position to 12th in Monday's latest rankings.

Ostapenko never wavered, using bold strokes and an unbending will to come back and stun Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for an unlikely championship at Roland Garros.

Ostapenko, the country's first Grand Slam champion, won the French Open title as the first non-frozen player since 1933. Unfortunately that deal ended after this year's ASB Classic where Ostapenko showed glimpses of her talent in a first round demolition of New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and went on to lose to the eventual champion Lauren Davis in the semi-finals.

She would have emulated her manager Virginia Ruzici who won the 1978 Roland Garros title.

But Ostapenko, who will rise to world No. 12 from 47th after her win, said she sees a lot of Williams' feistiness in herself.

Next up on the Grand Slam circuit is Wimbledon where Ostapenko was junior champion in 2014.

Maiden grand slam finals are meant to be suffocating experiences but Jelena Ostapenko laid waste to that theory as she blasted a barrage of winners past Simona Halep to win the French Open in audacious fashion on Saturday.

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"I felt like a spectator out there at times", Halep, who had points to lead 4-0 in the second set and was also 3-1 ahead in the decider, said after her second runner-up finish here.

The Romanian then had break points to make it 4-0 but Ostapenko held to massive cheers.

"We need personalities, and she's a personality", seven-time French Open victor Chris Evert told Eurosport. Her coach, Darren Cahill, said it would have been a "nice bonus" but that this possibility did not add stress to her preparations.

"Then year-by-year I liked it more and more because I understood how to play on grass and now I love that surface".

"But then I learnt how to play on it and understood the movement".

Konta praised Ostapenko's triumph, believing it showcases how open the women's game is that so many low-seeded players can reach the latter stages of the biggest events.

Ostapenko cracked 54 winners past Halep in the final, her forehand is electric but her backhand may just about be the best shot in women's tennis right now.

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass-court tournaments I was scheduled to play", she said on Facebook.

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