Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep to win French Open

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep to win French Open

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko rallied after dropping the first set and going down 0-3 in the second to shock No. 3 seed Simona Halep on Saturday to capture the French Open women’s championship for her first Grand Slam title.

Ostapenko became the first Latvian player — man or woman — to win a Grand Slam event, beating Halep of Romania 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris.

The 47th-ranked Ostapenko, just two days past her 20th birthday, raised her arms in victory after her winning shot down the line.

Ostapenko became the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933.

Ostapenko, playing in only her eighth Grand Slam tournament, had never before won a WTA title. The last woman to win her first title at a major was Barbara Jordan at the 1979 Australian Open.

Ostapenko made 23 unforced errors in the first set and then trailed 3-0 in the second — saving three break points that would have seen her fall behind 0-4 — before turning the match around and forcing a third set. She even faced a 3-1 deficit in the deciding third set before taking the last five games.

The 25-year-old Halep was denied her first major championship and the No. 1 world ranking for the first time. She was playing in her second major final after being the runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014.

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