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Saturday, June 10, 2017

TENNIS : JELENA OSTAPENKO IS THE NEW FRENCH OPEN CHAMP ! FAIRY-TALE FIRST WIN BY THE UNSEEDED 20-YEAR-OLD !



TENNIS : JELENA OSTAPENKO IS THE NEW FRENCH OPEN CHAMP ! FAIRY-TALE FIRST WIN BY THE UNSEEDED 20-YEAR-OLD !
You may not have heard of her name before.

Well, you have now - - for sure.

Jelena Ostapenko has never won a Tour Final, in her life.

She came to the 2017 French Open not too hopeful - - unseeded.

Now, she is coming home with the Roland Garros Grand Slam Trophy.

"I still cannot believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true!", blurted the 20-year-old Latvian, following her sensational win.

Jelena Ostapenko, who celebrated her 20th birthday on court in the Semi Finals the other day - - en route to her maiden Championship Finals - - has now just landed her name on the record books.

She became the first unseeded player ever to win the French Open crown in the Open Era.

Though already seen by some as a promising young Junior player early on in her career, Ostapenko just turned pro in 2014.

Now, apart from the Grand Slam Trophy and a piece of history she's taking with her, Jelena Ostapenko is also going home with the handsome USD 2.3 Million Dollar French Open Champion's prize money.

In 1 hour and 59 minutes, Jelena Ostapenko stunned World No.4 Simona Halep in their French Open Finals face-off, 6-4; 4-6; 3-6.

Down in the First Set, and broken early, dangerously trailing 1-3 in the Second Set, Ostapenko rallied back with her ferocious backhands and forehands, relentlessly.

The young nerveless Latvian, proved to be too powerful for the seasoned Romanian.

Simona Halep was also Finalist in the French Open in 2014, and was favorite to win over Ostapenko in this year's Finals.

Then, the unthinkable upset came.

Jelena Ostapenko was introduced to tennis by her mother when she was 5, in her native Riga in Latvia.

Growing up, she idolized Serena Williams as a young child.

While she loved dancing and competed nationally in Latvia as a kid, she later focused on tennis at age 12.

Little did she know, that one day soon at a very tender age of 20, she will win the French Open.

"Fairy tales can come true", writes FOX Sports Asia @FOXSporstAsia.

"Incredible!", said the BBC @BBCSport .




2017 ROLAND-GARROS Champion Jelena Ostapenko wants to thank YOU! 
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Roland-Garros est son royaume ! A tout juste 20 ans, pour sa huitième participation à un tournoi du Grand Chelem, Jelena...
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Ostapenko Odyssey Complete.

#RG17
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✅ 20 years old
✅ Never won a tour final
✅ Unseeded
✅ First Latvian to win a major

Jelena Ostapenko 
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Jeļena Ostapenko = Latvia’s FIRST Grand Slam champion! 
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#RG17 awarded 11 trophies on the second Saturday, including those for juniors, wheelchair, men's doubles, and women's...
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Your 2017 ROLAND-GARROS Finalist Simona Halep and Champion Jeļena Ostapenko! 
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First unseeded player to ever win ROLAND-GARROS, Jeļena Ostapenko! 
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Young aggression gives Ostapenko the edge in capturing her first major title. #RG17 #IBMsports IBM
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The last player to win their debut title at ROLAND-GARROS?

Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997.

The day Jelena Ostapenko was born.
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A 20 ans, Jelena Ostapenko s'offre son premier Grand Chelem aux dépens de Simona Halep (4/6, 6/4, 6/3). Retour en images...
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WTA Players and Legends take to Twitter to congratulate Jelena Ostapenko! 
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First Title ✅
First Grand Slam Title ✅

Jeļena Ostapenko conquers ROLAND-GARROS!
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This is why we play... Trophies are ready !
Ce pour quoi nous jouons... Les trophées sont prêts !

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Who saw this coming? 20 year old Jelena Ostapenko, who has never won a WTA tournament, will play the biggest match of her life tomorrow against French Open favorite Simona Halep in the French Open finals. Halep came into the tournament after playing an excellent pre-French Open clay court season and as the odds on favorite. With a win, the world number four would overtake Angelique Kerber as world number one. This will be Halep's second grand slam final as she lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open finals. On the other hand, Jelena Ostapenko had never gotten past the 3rd round of a grand slam before this tournament and is definitely less experienced than the seasoned Halep. Ostapenko has played an exceptional tournament thus far as she beat former grand slam champ Sam Stosur and former world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki. I think that this match will look very similar to Halep's quarterfinal match against Elina Svitolina. I believe that Ostapenko may take the first set and play well, but that Halep will eventually be able to come out on top due to her experience in big matches. Who do you think will take the women's French Open title? Comment your predictions below! #rolandgarros2017 #frenchopen #frenchopen2017 #rolandgarros #tennisnews #tennis #halep #ostapenko #jelenaostapenko #simonahalep
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