Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Jelena Ostapenko defeats Simona Halep to win French Open


American Ryan Harrison and New Zealander Michael Venus claimed their first grand slam title when they beat Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Donald Young 7-6 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-3 in the French Open men's doubles final on Saturday. In the quarters and semis, she relished the battle and won in three sets. I am not very good at this. - Venus said after winning his first grand slam title. The 20-year-old took control from there, winning the next three games to win her first ever Grand Slam title.

With this result, Ostapenko will be World No. 12, which is an unbelievable improvement thinking that she was World No. 47 before starting the tournament.

But the difference on this day: Halep faded at the end of the second and third sets, while Ostapenko surged, bringing her mother - a tennis instructor who taught young Jelena how to play - to tears in the stands.

There was disbelief too, amongst those who had predicted Ostapenko would not be able to reproduce the kind of tennis that has lit up Roland Garros over the past fortnight.

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"I still can't believe I won", Ostapenko told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. At the end of the first set, 14 winners and 23 unforced errors for the 20-year-old, 1 victor and 2 unforced for Halep. I'm just so happy.

PARIS (AP) — Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia used bold strokes and an unbending 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. She finished the match with 54 winners and more than 50 unforced errors.

She again summoned a veteran's resolve down 3-1 in the third set, taking the match's last five games and, fittingly, striking a pair of winners on the last two points.

Slowly but surely, however, the monumental winners began to counteract the mistakes and she clawed her way back to 3-3.

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It could have all been so different as Ostapenko found herself 4-6 0-3 down, while also being down a break at 1-3 in the final set.

- She guided a lovely forehand down to line to draw level with her 36th victor of the match. Although Ostapenko's next game was sloppy, allowing Halep to break back, she won the final two games with some relentless hitting, including four clean winners in the final game, to take the final to a deciding set.

Third-seeded Simona Halep has won the opening set 6-4 in the French Open final against unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. Already down a set Saturday, the 47th-ranked Ostapenko was down 3-0 in the second. A dominant game on Halep's next service forced the third seed to to hit multiple forehand errors, and Ostapenko went up 5-4. Ostapenko didn't lose a game after that.

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