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No. 3 Halep faces unseeded Ostapenko in French Open final

No. 3 Halep faces unseeded Ostapenko in French Open final

The 20-year-old beat Timea Bacsinszky in three sets to become the country's first Grand Slam finalist, triggering Raimonds Vejonis to send the personal message.

A week into the French Open, former doubles No. 1 Pam Shriver expressed her views about the open nature of the women's event at Roland Garros.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Halep said: "Of course, this match is really important, and I will not hide the heaviness that it has".

"I know that she can play her best tennis".

The 20-year-old has come close to winning two titles this year, losing out in the semi-finals at Auckland and the final at Charleston.

The problem for the 2014 Wimbledon junior champion, however, was that she was missing too much in the first set.

Halep sealed it on the fifth break of serve of the set when Ostapenko hit a forehand long.

Ostapenko far outpaced the Romanian in errors, hitting 54 of her own, but she matched them with 54 winners, including a screaming backhand return victor to clinch the title after almost two hours on court.

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko has won the French Open, beating No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to claim her first tour-level title.

Some doubt whether such an approach can seriously upset Halep, especially in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a French open final with the eyes of the world watching.

Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to win the women's singles title at Roland Garros in the Open era.

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Rafael Nadal, bidding to win the French Open for the 10th time, faces 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. I'm sure in future matches, it will hurt her, knowing how emotional she is; it always hurts players who wear their hearts on their sleeves. "At some point I was like a spectator on court".

"It meant a lot to me".

"If she wins, it'll be huge".

There was plenty on the line heading into the match, with both chasing a first major and significant boosts in the rankings as Halep could top the WTA leaderboard, while Ostapenko closed in on a top-10 spot by rising to world No. 12 after her win.

All eyes will now be on Ostapenko to see if she can respond against the hard-hitting Romanian.

The 20-year-old Ostapenko hit 14 winners but made 23 unforced errors, while Halep made just two but only hit one victor.

Ostapenko was then unable to hold her serve, finishing the set with a tally of 14 winners and 23 unforced errors.

Alexei Popyrin of Australia won the boys' title by defeating Nicola Kuhn of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-3.

"Now I'm doing for myself", she said".

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko plays a shot against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Claycourt tennis can often become a battle of wills - two players waiting patiently for the other to make a false step.


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