Jelena Ostapenko, the unseeded French Open Women’s Singles Champion!

Jelena Ostapenko, the unseeded French Open Women’s Singles Champion!

Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year old Latvian has clinched the French Open 2017 title along with resetting many “First” records onto her name with her outstanding play throughout the Grand Slam. Jelena is the first Latvian player to win a Grand Slam title and the first unseeded player to win French open title since 1933. Moreover, she was a teenager when she entered the competition. She made it to the news and caught the eye of the audience by celebrating her 20-th birthday along with her semi-final win. Now, days past turning 20, she won the coveted “French Open Grand Slam” by beating 3rd seeded Simona Halep and gifted herself a wonderful birthday gift.

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Coming from a country where Tennis is not recognized as a popular sport,  Jelena was the first Latvian to enter finals of a grand slam and when she did, she quoted these words –

“When I came here, of course, I didn’t expect I would be in the final, but then the first match was a tough match, and I won it. It gave me confidence”

Her confidence was strong indeed, which made her grab the cup by fighting her way through the finals. For someone who was born in 1997 and to win the toughest Grand Slam in 2017, is definitely a result of talent and hard work put together rather than a miracle. All the struggle that she has gone through are now in the past and this girl totally deserves the win. After the match,  Jelena speaks –
“I cannot believe I’m Roland Garros champion at only 20 years old. I love to play here, and it’s just so amazing to be here”
 
Talking about the finalist and the runner-up now, Simona gave a tough competition for Jelena. At one point, Simona was leading by a set and was in good control of the match before Jelena swept the next two sets. After her defeat, Simona remained calm but said that this was a great experience for her and congratulates the kid who won. In her words, Simona says “It was a tough day because we couldn’t win, but let’s keep working and believe”
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Anyhow, our girl of the tournament, Jelena is the most happiest person now and she could not hide it behind her wide grin.
“I love you guys. Congrats Simona, you were playing amazing. I was happy to win but I think you will win it one day and wish you all the best for the season. I would like to thank my team and my family, and all my friends who came to support me. Thanks a lot.
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As usual, congratulations to the youngster flood in through multiple media sites. Here are some minutes from the twitter trends

Image Courtesy: Roland Garros; Telegraph; Guardian

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