Virtually unknown outside tennis circles, the 2014 junior Wimbledon victor will move from No.47 to No.12 in the rankings on Monday. It's a tough day, but let's keep working and let's believe. "It's just awesome. It was my dream as a child to win Roland Garros". A win in Paris would also have handed her the top spot in women's tennis.
- At 20 years and two days, Ostapenko is the youngest first-time grand slam champion since Svetlana Kuznetsova won the 2004 U.S. Open.
"If she plays good", said Ostapenko's coach since April, Anabel Medina Garrigues, "it's very hard for other players to beat her". "You rise to the occasion, or you get scared".
"I'm really happy to win here", Ostapenko said after the match, evidently under the huge influence of emotions, "I think I still can not believe it because it was my dream and now it came true".
Simona Halep (L) was beaten 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the French Open 2017 final. The exceptionally nerveless Ostapenko wriggled out of the precarious situation in her own style, never fearing, never doubting herself as she continued to hit winners at every opportunity she got.
Pundits have been taken aback by Ostapenko's carefree approach in only her second French Open - one that saw her clock up 50 clean winners in her semi-final victory over Timea Bacsinszky, having belted 38 past Caroline Wozniacki in the previous round.
On the strength of an unrelentingly aggressive attack, hitting just about as many unforced errors as she did winners, Ostapenko ultimately wore down Halep, taking the second and third sets in thrilling fashion.
"I felt like a spectator", she said.
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The Romanian third seed was leading by a set and a break in Paris but succumbed to 47th-ranked Ostapenko's fearless shot-making in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat. The match is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time in Paris) on Saturday, June 10.
But Ostapenko trusted in her game and then came from behind again in the decider, winning the final five games.
The 20-year-old trailed by a set and was 3-0 down in the second to Halep - who would have become world number one with a win - but prevailed 4-6 6-4 6-3.
So Ostapenko leaves the French Open with her Grand Slam title. Is this the beginning of a glorious career for the young girl, only time will tell but as of now she is Philippe-Chatrier's heroine, not afraid of anything.
She even received a phonecall from Latvia's president.
"I knew that Kuerten also won his first title here also in 1997 (the year she was born)".
Cahill, who briefly interrupted his collaboration with Halep this season, citing the player's negative attitude on court, had nothing to reproach her for on Saturday.
Halep said Ostapenko deserved to win the title.