Unseeded Ostapenko defies the odds to win incredible French Open title

Unseeded Ostapenko defies the odds to win incredible French Open title

I'm so happy. I knew Simona was a great player. However, the No1 ranking it still within her grasp come the grass season, and she already sits atop the Road to Singapore leader-board. I will keep working, because I really want to repeat what I have done this tournament.

The 20-year old hit three aces and 54 winners to claim her maiden title. "She deserved to win", said the Romanina.

"She had the same energy when she was little, it was very hard", Jakovleva, who coaches her daughter, told a group of reporters at Roland Garros.

Halep's steady approach looked like taking her to a first Grand Slam title but she appeared drained at the end by the constant barrage coming from across the net. Though Simona Halep was expecte to win and was the favourite, she did manage to win the first set easily by 4-6. "You rise to the occasion, or you get scared".

Many parts of Ostapenko's game malfunctioned at various times in this match, which is usually a kiss of death against the consistent, speedy, error-free Halep. A couple of games, everything turned my way.

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The 25-year-old would have replaced Germany's Angelique Kerber as world No. 1 if she had won, but she was overpowered.

Third seed Halep stormed into the quarter-finals without dropping a set, but she faced match point against Elina Svitolina before pulling off a miraculous recovery from 3-6, 1-5 down to reach the last four.

Her groundstrokes are simply massive, flat swipes of the ball that left Halep and Timea Bacsinszky, Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur - among others - grasping at shadows. She moved closer to her first Grand Slam championship with a 3-1 lead, only to see another great comeback from the Latvian, who rode on a five-game winning streak. Ostapenko came back from 0-3 down in the second set to take control with some fearless groundstrokes during the two-hour contest.

Ostapenko then recovered from a break behind in the third set and finished the contest with a flashing backhand victor. Simona Halep, who stands between her and an improbable first grand slam title on Saturday, has hit 118.

For Ostapenko, the French Open champ at age 20, the sky is seemingly the limit.

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She even received a phonecall from Latvia's president.

The 23 unforced errors caught up to the Latvian and Halep took the opening set.

"I knew about the history", the newly crowned champion added.

Her ambition will be slightly easier to achieve now that Serena Williams, her idol, is off the tour, expecting her first child in September.

"There are so many emotions", Ostapenko's mother said.

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