08 Jun 1997
Introduced to tennis at age five by her mother, Jelena Ostapenko took ballroom dancing classes for seven years. She made her WTA main draw debut at 2014 Tashkent (2r, l. Pervak). In 2015 she played her first WTA final at 2015 Québec City (l. Beck) and completed the year at No.79 for first Top 100 finish (up from No.308 in 2014). Having leapt 229 spots, that was the second‐highest year‐end rankings jump, after Kasatkina.
Ostapenko ended 2016 ranked No.44 for her first Top 50 year‐end finish (and second consecutive Top 100) thank also to her maiden final at Premier 5-level in Doha (l. Suárez Navarro). In 2017 she advanced to third career singles final at Charleston in April, falling to then fellow 19‐year‐old Kasatkina in the first all‐teenage final on tour since 2009 Linz (Wickmayer d. Kvitova). She won the Roland Garros (d. Halep in F) on only her eighth Grand Slam main draw appearance, the fewest number before winning debut Slam title since Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon. Ostapenko became the first Latvian player to reach the championship match at a Grand Slam and the lowest‐ranked player (No.47) to lift the trophy in the Open Era. She was the first woman to win her debut tour‐level title at a Grand Slam since Barbara Jordan at 1979 Australian Open (d. Walsh in F) and the first player to win their debut title at Roland Garros since Gustavo Kuerten, who lifted the title on June 8, 1997 – the day Ostapenko was born. The Latvian clinched second title it Seoul (d. Haddad Maia in F) and completed the first top 10 season. She made her debut at WTA Finals where she lost to Venus Williams in the 3-set match match involving the most amount of games ever at the tournament (37).
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