French Open Day 14: Ostapenko stuns Halep to claim first grand slam title

20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko capped off an incredible French Open run by defeating tournament favourite Simona Halep in the final to win her first WTA Tour title.

The world number 47 had to come from a set and 3-0 down to win her first major title, as Ostapenko hit 54 winners in a thrilling 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory to become the first unseeded player to win the women’s title at Roland Garros since 1933.

Jelena Ostapenko stunned Simona Halep to win her first grand slam title
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Ostapenko defied the odds to triumph at the French Open as she followed up on impressive wins over Caroline Wozniacki and Timea Bacsinsky to stun the third seed in the final and also become the first Latvian to win a singles grand slam title.

It was a second defeat in the French Open final for the Romanian who also lost out to Maria Sharapova in 2014, as she still awaits her first grand slam title after falling at the last hurdle to the Latvian.

Halep did start of the match the strongest of the two women as she twice came back from a break down in the opening set and took a one-set lead after Ostapenko smashed a backhand into the net.

The Romanian continued to command the final with an early break in the second set seeing her move into a 3-0 lead after winning six games in a row, but Ostapenko was not ready to give up against the 25-year-old.

Ostapenko changed things up by stepping inside the baseline and attacked Halep’s second serve off both sides and the change of tactics made off as she forced the match into a decider with a forehand down the line.

2014 finalist Halep took charge once again at the start of the third set by moving into a 3-1 lead, but Ostapenko kept the winners coming which proved too much for the third seed to handle as she levelled the match at 3-3.

A fortunate netcord handed Ostapenko the crucial break as he went on a roll of winning five games in a row to clinch a remarkable victory in just under two hours, winning her first grand slam title with a superb backhand winner.

Not many would have heard of Jelena Ostapenko two weeks ago, but she stunned the field at Roland Garros and was over the moon at a remarkable success in Paris.

“I cannot believe I am champion at 20 years old,” said the Latvian.

“have no words, it is my dream. I’m so happy. I knew Simona was a great player, but I tried to play aggressively and everything turned my way. I fought for every point. I’m glad it finished my way.”

Tomorrow sees the men’s final take place as Rafael Nadal aims to win a record tenth French Open title when he faces third seed Stan Wawrinka, who is also aiming for his fourth grand slam title.

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