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Jelena Ostapenko Defeats Simona Haley To Win The French Open

Jelena Ostapenko Defeats Simona Haley To Win The French Open

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia was so bold hitting Bold Stricks, accompanied by will to come back and stun No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an enthralling French Open final Saturday for the first title of her career.

The 47th ranked Ostapenko had her 20th birthday present delayed two days, became one of the most unlikely Grand Slam champions in tennis history, as she is the first unseeded woman to win the title at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

Ostapenko who was playing in just her eighth Grand Slam event, would not go quietly, winning that game and the next three en route to forcing a third set seeing Halep appeared on the way to a relative runaway, leading by a set and 3-0 in the second, then holding three break points for the chance to go ahead 4-0.

Ostapenko, despite never having been past the third round at a Grand Slam event prior to this one, again summoned a veteran's resolve, taking the last five games after being down a break at 3-1. She took advantage of a bit of luck, too, holding for a 5-3 lead when she hit a backhand that clipped the top of the net, popped way up in the air, then dropped over onto Halep's side, in the third set

Ostapenko was striking two more winners on the last two points to provide a fitting conclusion. She became the first Latvian player -- man or woman -- to win a Grand Slam event also stopping Halep what would have been her first major championship and the No. 1 ranking.
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