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Ostapenko roars back to upset Halep in French Open final

Ostapenko roars back to upset Halep in French Open final

The 20 year-old took out Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-final and the Swiss player marveled about her bold approach afterwards.

Simona Halep is playing for her first Grand Slam title and the world No. 1 ranking.

It would complete a remarkable run, given her third-round exit at this year's Australian Open represented her best previous performance in a major tournament.

"I think it was a good tournament", said the Romanian, who would also have climbed to world number one with victory. Yeah, it's a big challenge. "And Jelena has more focus if I'm not there". "But then first match was a tough match, and I won it".

"I never played against her".

It was claycourt tennis, but not as we know it.

Ostapenko has reached the final of the French Open 2017 by playing some wonderful attacking tennis, and while Halep has one of the best defences in the women's game, it will be put to the test by the unseeded Latvian.

Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko will face for the women's singles title in Paris.

To make it a doubly hard day for the 25-year-old, the defeat meant she also missed out on becoming world number one.

In a glorious struggle of crackling shotmaking and scrappy defense Maria Sharapova edged Halep, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4, in a three hour, two-minute stress test in the 2014 final.

A telling statistic: Of the 33 points Halep won in the first set, only one - yes, just one! - came via a victor off her racket.

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"I still can not believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true", she said.

1 Only one Romanian woman has won Roland Garros.

She won the final, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Those nerves will need to be made of steel on Saturday, because Halep will be up against an opponent, who holds nothing back. 26-seeded Daria Kasatkina, 21st-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina and No. 2-seeded Karolina Pliskova-en route to her second career Grand Slam final.

Not only that but she is the first unseeded woman to win the Suzanne Lenglen trophy since 1933 and she emulated the great Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten by claiming her first title of any kind on the hallowed Parisian claycourts.

The favourite takes on the 100-1 outsider and her defence will be tested by the 20-year-old's lethal offence.

For Halep, bidding to join compatriots Ilie Nastase and Virginia Ruzici as major winners, it was a second final defeat in four years at Roland Garros.

Third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier.

With so many big names absent from the draw, this could be Halep's best chance to land a first Grand Slam, but that is not all that is at stake.


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