Jelena Ostapenko beat Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 after two hours to win her first title on the professional Tour, which is also her first Grand Slam success. The Latvian player became the youngest Roland Garros champion since Iva Majoli (19 years, 300 days) lifted the trophy in 1997, and the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova (19 years, 77 days) at 2006 US Open.
She also became the only the third player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title (after Petra Kvitova, at 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon, and Garbiñe Muguruza at 2016 Roland Garros). It was a very intense first set where Ostapenko was up a break twice, but she didn't manage to hold.
It was the Latvian player to make a difference, both in good and bad way. Just think that after only seven games she hit 17 unforced errors, especially on the backhand side, while Halep only one. On 4-4 Ostapenko hit two forehand winners in a row, but Halep managed to hold by playing a deep tennis and not trying to go all in.
In the next game the Romanian player broke her opponent who became nervous and also broke her racket. At the end of the first set, 14 winners and 23 unforced errors for the 20-year-old, 1 winner and 2 unforced for Halep. In the first game of the second set Halep saved three break points in a row, coming back from down 0-40.
In the second game Simona won her fourth game in a row converting her third break point taking advantage of Ostapenko's 28th unforced error. On 3-0 Halep had the real chance to go up two breaks and lead 4-0, but she didn't convert three break points.
From there, Ostapenko won six of the last seven remaining games of the set, against a nervous Halep, who played sometimes too defensive. The key game was once again the ninth one, when Halep hit two unforced errors, Ostapenko hit an amazing forehand return winner and then broke at love.
On 5-4 the Riga Native held at 15 to take it to a decider. After only an hour and 27 minutes, she had hit already 43 winners! In the third set Halep saved two break points playing finally a little bit aggressive, then she broke her opponent to lead 3-1, but when it seemed that the dynamic was changing, Ostapenko broke back hitting a fantastic forehand winner and then taking advantage of Halep's 50th unforced error.
On 3-3 there was much bad luck for Ostapenko, who hit a backhand that broke on the netcord and bounced on Halep's side of the court. On 5-3 Ostapenko broke Halep again hitting her 54th winner in the match, becoming the first Latvian Grand Slam champion ever.
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. Halep had the chance to win her first Grand Slam title in career and especially to become the new World No.
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