A new name has been engraved on the French Open trophy as Jelena Ostapenko wins the French Open!
Jelena Ostapenko defeated Simona Halep in three enthralling sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours as the match saw the two battling to win their first Grand Slam title. Ostapenko started the match slowly but once she found her range, it was next to impossible to stop her.
Both players started off on a nervy note, getting broken a total of 5 times in the set with 3 of them going to the Romanian. Patience was the name of the game for Halep, who had just 1 winner and 2 unforced errors in the set.
Ostapenko on the other hand kept doing what she knows best – hit and hit hard. Consistency was something she lacked at most times, smacking 14 winners but also hitting an amazing 23 unforced errors.
Halep raced to a 3-0 lead, ending all Ostapenko hopes to win her first Major title. But the Latvian found her range just in time to stage a remarkable comeback, win four games in a row and eventually win the set 6-4 in 49 minutes.
The match was being dictated by Ostapenko, who managed hitting 22 winners and committed 18 unforced errors to win a total of 42 points as compared to Halep’s 36.
Ostapenko had her moments early in the decider but failed to capitalize on them. Going down 1-3 in the final set, Ostapenko yet again found her range and just hit some mindboggling shots to reel off 5 games on the trot to complete a remarkable comeback.
She catapults from World No.47 to World No.12 and becomes the first Latvian to win the title. Simona Halep jumps to World No.2.
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