PARIS – 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko is the new French Open Queen after upsetting Simona Halep in a see-saw final match. Halep – who was brave and also quite fortunate to get out of jail against Svitolina in the quarterfinals when she incredibly came back from 3-6, 1-5 – was actually very unlucky during Saturday’s final. The net cord that Ostapenko hit when breaking the Romanian at 3-3 in the final set was one of the most bizarre shots of the entire tournament. Ostapenko hit a backhand down-the-line that was destined to go out by a good margin and the net cord not only kept the ball inside the court, but it made impossible for Halep to retrieve the shot. At that point, it was clear that stars had aligned for the young Latvian.
The match didn’t start in the best way for Ostapenko. Halep sprinted to a 6-4,3-0 lead, with three more break points to go up 4-0. Ostapenko boldly saved two of them with brilliant forehand winners, then Halep made a crucial backhand error on the third one. If the Romanian ever watches the footages of Saturday’s final, that particular backhand will probably be the shot that she will regret the most.
Jelena’s mother joked about how she didn’t cry after her daughter won the biggest title of her young career: “It was because of the sun,” she said. She also added that her husband Yeygeny was celebrating their daughter’s victory with their friends back home in Riga. “It was about ten years ago that I realized that Jelena had the potential to win a big tournament. She always had something special and hit the ball really hard.” Jelena’s successful junior career certainly reinforced her mother’s opinion.
“She loves shopping and buying the most famous brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Dolce Gabbana, and Abercrombie… but with moderation,” Ostapenko’s mother said when talking about her daughter.
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