Unseeded Ostapenko stuns Halep

Two days after celebrating her 20th birthday, unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia gave herself - and her country - another reason, a bigger one, to celebrate - the French Open women's singles title.

She is the first unseeded woman to win the women's French Open since 1933, and the first ever Latvian to win a Grand Slam.

"All the credit for what you have done this tournament", Halep said to her opponent in the post-match ceremony.

She was 3-1 down in the second and third sets but kept coming back with her no-fear hitting. Though Simona Halep was expecte to win and was the favourite, she did manage to win the first set easily by 4-6.

"Today it was about winning the match", Cahill said.

In press conference Ostapenko revealed what she thought when she was down: "'I'm already in the final and I'm playing such a great player as Simona", the Latvian said.

Ostapenko broke back to serve at 2-3, then fought off two game points at 15-40 for the hold.

"Congrats to Simona you had a great week and it was really tough for me", Ostapenko told the crowd and Halep after the final. It's my goal, I think.

Jelena Ostapenko & Martina Navratilova (1978 Wimbledon) are the only women in Open Era to win 1st Grand Slam from down a set in the Final.

"I can just look forward", she said. That also helped me.


"I still have to improve some things and to get better as player". A couple of games, everything turned my way.

It was the pair's first major final, Harrison having never reached the last four in a grand slam while his partner had never even been in a quarter-final.

The Latvian moved level on serve when Halep hooked a forehand wide and then earned another break to chalk up a fourth game on the trot.

Ostapenko continued her feast or starvation style but watched two break points flash by as Halep withstood a sustained assault.

"So I can say I was there, I was close, but again, I lost it". So it was a little bit of like emotional moment, but that's it. I think I have the game.

"This one hurts a lot more than when I lost in the final three years ago because I realise more what has happened".

Ostapenko's game certainly mirrors the 35-year-old American's power. I just love it so much. "To go away (smiling)".

Throughout the tournament, the Latvian has shown off her vast power, with an entertaining approach leading to plenty of unforced errors.

Perhaps not a typical 20-year-old, she revealed a passion for ballroom dancing - she was professional for seven years and it's something she believes helps her footwork - and Agatha Christie's detective novels, sometimes reading to pass the time during tournaments.

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