Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shocker at the French Open! Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko Stuns Halep; Crowned French Open female Champion

Nobody would have dreamt this a fortnight ago. Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko has scripted history after beating Simona Halep to win the French Open title after a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 result on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Ostapenko has now become the first ever Latvian to win a Grand Slam title.

But remarkably, she has never reached a WTA tour final prior to the tournament.

To add gloss to her achievement, she was unseeded while Halep, a perennial contender, stumbled yet again when it mattered and her wait for a major continues.

It seemed Halep might finally land her first Grand Slam title when he won the first set and went 3-0 up in the second.

However, Ostapenko produced a stunning turnaround to take the second set 6-4 before gaining a break in the third and holding on.

The youngster produced some of her best tennis under pressure and absolutely deserved to win.

But a shout out to Halep, who came so near yet so far.

By Emmanuel Ndibe

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