French Open 2017 Final: Simona Halep Vs Jelena Ostapenko

Simona Halep Vs Jelena Ostapenko

Simona Halep Vs Jelena Ostapenko feature in the Women’s Singles Finals of the French Open. Both players displayed some of the best ball-hitting and athleticism in their respective semifinals on Thursday.

Simona HalepHalep defeated the 2nd seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach her 2nd French Open Final and denied the Czech not only a place at her first Grand Slam finals but also the World No 1 ranking. The Romanian, who won 71% of her first serves in her semifinal, has now played back-to-back 3-setters where she seems to grow much stronger in the deciding sets. This surely should come as a sigh of relief, given the fact that she has a long history of letting her frustration get the better of her during matches.

The 3rd seed has kept up her momentum with the aggressive returns in addition to her strong defense, forcing her opponents to produce winners if they’re going to win the games. Halep, who has 5-6 overall in her final appearances on clay, has now won 11 of her last 12 matches on clay.

Standing between Halep and her maiden Grand Slam Title is the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko who is the first unseeded woman to reach the finals at the Rolland Garros since 1983.

Jelena OstapenkoOstapenko won the “battle of the birthday girls” after defeating Timea Bacsinszky 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, producing a whooping 50 winners in addition to winning 19/27 net points. The former Wimbledon Junior Champion became not only the first Latvian player to reach a Grand Slam Final but also the youngest woman to do so since Caroline Wozniacki at the 2009 US Open.

The French Open 2017 has turned out to be a magical tournament for the youngster who won her first Grand Slam semifinal on her 20th birthday. But her serve remains to be a concern as she won only 55% of her first serves and 40% of her second serves in her semifinal match. She, who is 9-1 in her last 10 matches on clay, has produced a combined 134 winners in her last 3 matches which enabled her to reach this stage.

Given all this, the Women’s final on Saturday will potentially be a mouth-watering clash between the two who will be meeting for the first time in their career.

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