Ostaopenko won the French Open in impressive fashion.

 

Jelena Ostapenko prevailed over Simona Halep in a stunning French Open victory that will make history for many reasons. This was Ostapenko’s first grand slam title, and she managed it with an undeniable level of finesse, hitting 299 winners in seven matches. Now, she sets her sights on Wimbledon.

Before the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko was a relatively little-known player ranked as world number 47. On June 10th, however, she became the first unseeded champion at Roland Garros in the Open era as well as the first ever Latvian Grand Slam champion.

Ostapenko played Simona Halep in the final, the favorite to win the Open and world number four in the rankings, and it wasn’t going to be easy. Halep also had a battle of her own to fight. The Romanian tennis player was runner-up in the 2014 French Open, losing out to Maria Sharapova in the final.

Despite a slight ankle injury in the build-up to the event casting doubt on whether she would even participate, it looked like Halep would take the French Open this year. In the end, she brushed off the injury and beat second favorite Shivolina and second-seeded Pliskova before playing Ostapenko in the final.

Even in the final, it looked like the Open was all Halep’s for the taking, as she moved well ahead of her opponent by winning the first set 6-4 and leading the second 3-0.  Ostapenko wasn’t going to be beaten though and showed amazing talent on both her backhand and forehand, helping her to score continual winning shots until the end of the match. The final score was 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

This French Open victory is extremely good news for Ostapenko, who will rise to number 12 in the world ranking now, putting her well within reach of a place in the top 10 as well as more than doubling her career earnings after taking home £1.65 million.

Jelena Ostapenko can now move ahead with confidence, building on her win and setting her sights on Wimbledon. She considers herself strong on grass surfaces and won the Wimbledon Junior title just three years ago, which should aid her game. “Wimbledon is in three weeks and I’m feeling quite confident now, so I’m really looking forward to playing there,” says Ostapenko.

Ostapenko has been coached by Jelena Jakovleva throughout her entire career. Of Ostapenko’s French Open win, Jakovleva expressed a little shock that the grand slam victory came so early but ultimately expected it sooner or later for the tennis player. She recalls how Jelena once visited Roland Gaross at a young age and said, “Maybe one time I can become champion here.”

Opstapenko currently has 14/1 odds of winning Wimbledon on BetStars and will have to compete with the likes of Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, and favorite Karolina Pliskova, who has 13/2 odds of winning. Though Jelena’s win may not have catapulted her into the top spot, she is now being taken very seriously.

Meanwhile, will Rafael Nadal beat Stan Warwinka for the French Open title? He also has his eyes on Wimbledon in addition to having 5/1 odds of an outright win in the competition. Andy Murray, however, is the current favorite with 5/2 odds of winning. The competition is certainly heating up, and the women’s singles are set to be a memorable one.

 

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