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Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko 20 Clinches Her First Major Title The French Open

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko 20 Clinches Her First Major Title The French Open

"It's incredible", said Ostapenko, the first Latvian to claim a Grand Slam crown.

At 20, she is the youngest victor here since Iva Majoli upset Martina Hingis to take the title in 1997 while she is the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam singles title and she will rise from a ranking of 47 to 12 when the list is updated tomorrow.

"I am not feeling any more expectation than previous years". She was, though, about to "do a Kuerten".

"This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more - I realize more what is happening".

She also has a junior Wimbledon trophy from 2014 in her collection but by beating Simona Halep of Romania 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hr 59mins, the world no. 47 made the French Open her first ever senior tournament win.

"When I first played on grass I didn't like it, I really didn't understand it", she told a small group of reporters following her shock Paris win as she recalled playing on grass at Roehampton in England as a 15-year-old. Against serve, she blasted four consecutive points to register a quick break and send out a warning to her more experienced rival.

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

Halep won the opening set 6-4.

Ostapenko hit 54 winners, but it wasn't just the sheer number - it was also the timing. I think everyone has it, and it's good.

"I still can not believe it". I love you guys.

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Kuerten's 1997 victory came on the day Ostapenko was born. "It's an wonderful thing", Halep said in a gracious speech.

"Of course I would like to win probably all of the grand slams". That also helped me. But Ostapenko would not go quietly, winning that game and the next three en route to forcing a third set. "I go to a club and dance with the teacher there, he's a professional dancer".

Ernests Gulbis enjoyed some fame when he reached the semi-finals in Paris but Ostapenko has taken it to a whole new level after becoming her country's first grand slam finalist.

"I was just trying to stay aggressive". "Maybe I was not ready to win it". Halep's had been a resilient, battling effort that buckled only at the last under the torrent that came from the racket of the Latvian. But it's going to go away, I hope, with time. "So I want to really hit the ball".

But the difference on this day: Halep faded at the end of the second and third sets, while Ostapenko surged, bringing her mother - a tennis instructor who taught young Jelena how to play - to tears in the stands.

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.

"Even in the third set I was 3-1 down and I was fighting for every point and glad it finished my way".

Whitney Osuigwe became the fifth American to win the girls' title at the French Open on Saturday. "I have to say a star is born", Evert, working as pundit for broadcaster Eurosport said. "It's just the way I play". "I was a little bit nervous but then I felt I have nothing to lose, so I'm just going to enjoy the match and do my best", she admitted.

Tennis players rarely make headline news in Latvia, where ice hockey and basketball are more popular. It was Jelena Ostapenko this time.

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