Ostapenko sensationally won the Roland Garros

Evrard Martin
Juin 11, 2017

She said: "I think I can not believe I'm the Roland Garros champion".

She said: "I knew Simona is a great player and she was playing great".

Virtually unknown outside tennis circles, the 2014 junior Wimbledon victor will move from No.47 to No.12 in the rankings on Monday.

"I don't believe I did something wrong, [or] too wrong".

"Birth of a Queen" was the headline of the daily Roland Garros paper on Saturday.

Not only that but she is the first unseeded woman to win the Suzanne Lenglen trophy since 1933 and she emulated the great Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten by claiming her first title of any kind on the hallowed Parisian claycourts.

The 25-year-old Romanian, though, was optimistic that her own taste of grand-slam glory would come one day.

Her wait for a maiden Grand Slam triumph goes on.

It was also her first career title in just her eighth major appearance and will see her world ranking rocket to 12 from 47. The alarm bells were ringing for Halep as Ostapenko created two more break points.

To make it a doubly hard day for the 25-year-old, the defeat meant she also missed out on becoming world number one.

Halep's gutsy hold for 4-3 elicited the first signs of frustrations from Ostapenko, whose mood was not improved as a pair of wayward forehands three games later relinquished the first set. Her backhand looked to be going wide on break point only for divine intervention.

But with those winners came a heap of unforced errors and the high-risk, high-reward style meant a topsy-turvy match in terms of momentum but deep down, Ostapenko knew the match was on her racquet.

And her intent was clear right from the start as she broke Halep's serve to love in the opening game with an array of winners. In six matches so far in Paris, he has not dropped a set and lost only 29 games.

Shock French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko said she will keep true to her fearless, big-hitting game in the confident belief that more Grand Slam titles are just around the corner.

"Ostapenko was a teenager before Thursday and had never previously featured in the second week of a Grand Slam".

It was a simply unbelievable result as she thumped down 54 winners on her way to a first WTA Tour title win against 2014 runner-up Halep.

Ostapenko has been the revelation of this year's French Open.

It was also fitting, on a sultry day at Roland Garros, that she should finish it off with yet another backhand return down the line, one of 54 clean winners she struck in the final. Halep had produced 118 to get to the final.

The Romanian possesses a counter-punching game and against Ostapenko could do nothing but react to her opponent's booming ground strokes.

"I have faith that eventually she will get over it".

Behind after 39 minutes, Ostapenko showed no inclination to temper her approach. "If I have a chance to go for a shot, I'm trying for it", Ostapenko said.

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