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Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title
Pammachio Corsino | 14 Giugno, 2017, 04:25

Any way you look at it, Jelena Ostapenko's 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Simona Halep in the French Open final was an incredible feat.

The Romanian continued her dominance in the second set and took a 3-0 lead over Ostapenko.

Ostapenko had blasted her way into the final on the back of 245 winners - more than any other player in the draw, man or woman. "She deserved to win, played really well, all the credit". Jelena recovered from the early loss and played ferociously which saw her win the next two sets comfortably by 6-4, 6-3.

Ostapenko, ranked 47 in the world, was the first woman since American Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the singles title at Roland Garros after losing the first set in the final. "We will see what is gonna be".

Now that Ostapenko has one Slam under her belt, she is hungry for more.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko kisses the cup after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Paris.

The sheer audacity of Ostapenko's ball-striking has wowed observers and opponents alike.

"I don't believe I did something wrong, too wrong today".

Fear just does not seem to come into her vocabulary and the way she plays - the all-or-nothing style, going for broke, no matter what the situation - has such simplicity that it means there is no reason she can't repeat it next time she finds herself in this position. I was close, but again, I lost it. "I can not change anything, so I just have to look forward", said the Romanian. But again she levelled, and broke in the most spectacular style to win the match with her 54th victor, 6-3.

Trailing 0-3 in the second set and 1-3 in the deciding set, she mentally regrouped in the biggest match of her short career to clamber back on terms.

Ostapenko was initially coached by her mother, with her father serving as a fitness trainer, but is now working with two-time French Open doubles champion Anabel Medina Garrigues. So I think from our perspective Simona can hold her head up high. She had a wonderful clay-court season.

The major turning point for Ostapenko in the match came in the second set, when nothing was going right for her. In the run-up to Paris, she had won the title in Madrid, made the finals in Rome and the semi-finals in Stuttgart.


"I am sick in the stomach with emotions but hopefully I can win this one in the future", said Halep. "It was a little bit of like emotional moment, but that's it".

"Of course, there will be more pressure but I will try and deal with it".

1933 — The previous time an unseeded player won the women's title at the French Open.

A reeling Halep surrendered the set when Ostapenko struck a blazing forehand victor down the line, to the crowd's approval. Cahill is optimistic that won't be the case.

But Ostapenko had made almost as many errors and the challenge for her was to keep the ratio in her favour.

Her victory completed a fairy-tale fortnight that included her 20th birthday and a congratulatory call from Raimonds Vejonis, president of her native Latvia.

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

'When I watch it live it's better, on TV it's more stressful, ' she said. I love you guys.

"You have just got to hang in there and hope she misses enough balls to give you enough chances". So that's what she told me.

'She has a lot of advantage because she knows most of the match depends on her side. "So she's going to be exhausted, it will be a good chance for her to recharge the batteries, spend some time at home and hopefully the Romanian people will get behind her".

It was only Ostapenko's eighth appearance at one of the four tennis majors, the fewest by a champion since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004. "I was thinking about winning the title".

"And we just want to create some rivalries now. That's why I work 20 years and played 20 years to have this moment". I know Simona is a great player and she was playing great but I kept trying, stayed aggressive and I'm very happy things turned around for me.

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