Ostapenko eager to build on remarkable Roland Garros win

Jelena Ostapenko celebrated after winning the women's final match of the French Open on Saturday. Click

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko fought back to stun third seed Simona Halep and become Latvia's first Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko kisses the trophy after winning the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep.

Jelena Ostapenko told herself to enjoy the French Open final when her position seemed hopeless and ended it as one of the most unlikely grand slam champions of all time.

"She danced, swam, played tennis, she played football because she had so much energy". And then I stayed aggressive and the match turned my way.

The French Open title was also the Latvian's first WTA title. I think nobody teached me.

She trailed by a set and 3-0 but launched a memorable comeback with a remarkable display of fearless shotmaking.

En route to the final, she beat a string of higher-ranked players, including Australia's Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. Last year, she threw a racket during a tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, that bounced off the court and struck a ball boy.

If he wins, Nadal will become only the second player, man or woman, to win 10 titles at the same major tournament. "I am proud of her!" said Vejonis, adding that she has demonstrated a unique achievement in Latvian sports. So I'd love to see Jelena back this up, continue to play well. I think I have the game.

And then, in the third, Ostapenko again summoned a veteran's resolve, taking the last five games after being down a break at 3-1. 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 felt sick in the stomach to play in this final, so maybe I wasn't ready to win it, but maybe next time".

"I think it's going to be little bit hard but I chose to be a tennis player, so that's my career".

"Yeah, it's tough. It's a tough moment for me, but it's gonna go away, I hope, with the time". Of course I would like to win probably all of the grand slams. The always honest Halep was transparent in her admission that she was wracked with nerves in the hours leading up to the biggest match of her career.

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.

She kept her sense of self-belief and far from being so giddy with the effect of winning her first Slam and becoming the first player to win their first tournament since Guga Kuerten 20 years to the day she was born, she was still looking for ways to improve.

Halep broke for 3-1 when Ostapenko drilled long, but the latter retrieved it the next game with a thumping return. "It's just the way I play".

With the rankings cut-off several weeks ago, Ostapenko is now still one out, although a wild card will surely be made available for her if she wants it.

From Halep's point of view her first time out of the gates at a Slam final, she was surrounded by an entourage of around 50 family and friends, and this time she kept it simple - and it nearly worked.



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