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French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible

French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible French Open 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko: Anything is possible
Acilia Dean | 12 Giugno, 2017, 22:20

She also received wishes on social media from top tennis players - both from Men and Women. If she plays good, it's very hard that somebody can beat her. But it's going to go away, I hope, with time. "We will see what is gonna be".

She was the runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014. "But I might be wrong".

"I'm really happy, I have no words, it's my dream, I'm just really, really happy". I was close, but again, I lost it. I'm just so happy.

Halep said she was deeply affected by nerves leading into the final.

The Latvian pulled on level terms at 3-3 and then went ahead with a break thanks to a massive stroke of fortune when her backhand, which was going to land at least a foot wide, caught the net and dropped dead the other side.

Until Roland Garros, Ostapenko was best known outside of Latvia as a racquet-throwing villain after an incident in Auckland in January, when she nearly hit a ball boy.

"Jelena won this match, Simona did not lose it", the Australian told reporters.

Ostapenko's wildness betrayed her as she served to stay in the set at 4-5, netting a forehand to offer Halep set point and drilling long to gift the Romanian the set. Clay isn't even her preferred surface - she likes grass better, and won the Wimbledon junior title in 2014 - which made this two-week joyride even more unpredictable. "I think it is kind of a lucky, lucky number or something".

"It was tough", Halep said. But Ostapenko rallied, as she would against two much more experienced players - 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the fourth round and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. Also in the deciding moments, I played pretty well in those games. And I was just "Okay, I have nothing to lose, I'm just going to hit a victor". So I want to really hit the ball (smiling).' About her popularity in Latvia, Ostapenko said: 'My match they were translating in the city center on big screen.

Halep has had issues before with being too self-critical and coming down hard on herself, particularly during matches.


The women's final at the French Open is underway. "Maybe I was not ready to win it".

Simona Halep insisted she had nothing to regret after a painful loss to rising Latvian star Jelena Ostapenko in Saturday's French Open final. "Or if I miss 'okay, I have another one", she revealed.

Halep's status in Romania is huge and she shoulders vast pressure of expectation from her followers back home.

And when things went her way? - Simona Halep's coach Darren Cahill, about Ostapenko.

"She only has one game, either I can't touch it or it flies one metre out".

"She loves going back there, she loves the people in Romania". If she's a little bit down over the next week or so, they'll certainly pick her up. A year ago in Paris, she lost in the first round.

Halep presents something of a polar opposite with the ball in play: She extends points, grinding along the baseline and sliding to retrieve ball after ball, forcing foes to come up with the goods time after time. It is a form of tennis blackjack in which, when asked to stick or twist, she opts for twist - every time. At the start of the tournament, she was given 100-1 odds of winning the title.

"(At 3-0 down in the second set) I was just still trying to play very aggressive and to go for a shot when I had the possibility.

Perhaps not a typical 20-year-old, she revealed a passion for ballroom dancing - she was professional for seven years and it's something she believes helps her footwork - and Agatha Christie's detective novels, sometimes reading to pass the time during tournaments.

Halep too must find her own version of that getaway.

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