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Looking ahead to the ladies French Open final, former champion Chris Evert had said: "Not many players win their first final in a Grand Slam".

- At 20 years and two days, Ostapenko is the youngest first-time grand slam champion since Svetlana Kuznetsova won the 2004 U.S. Open.

"When I first played on grass I didn't like it, I really didn't understand it", she told a small group of reporters following her shock Paris win as she recalled playing on grass at Roehampton in England as a 15-year-old.

When Halep won the first after hitting one victor and two unforced errors, it indeed told you most of what you needed to know. I don't know. I think everything was by her side today.

The last woman to gain her first tour title at a Grand Slam tournament was Barbara Jordan of the United States at the 1979 Australian Open. "There are no words".

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko holds the trophy in the locker room after winning the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

"I did ballroom dancing as well as tennis and I had to choose between them but I preferred tennis and I think that is my sport!" she smiled.

'Of course now I probably will have more pressure but I'm going to try to deal with that. I was 3-0 down [in the second set] but I was fighting for every point. The 20-year-old Latvian finished the tournament with a total of 299 winners through seven matches in Paris - 54 of which came against Halep.

Ostapenko was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam tournament, never having been past the third round before.

Halep seemed to be struggling from the very beginning with Ostapenko's aggressive play. The last woman to lose the first set in the French and then rally for a win was Jen Capriati in 2001.

She has more titles in sight, vowing to stay true to her fearless, big-hitting game. I love you guys.

There was nothing lucky about the way she struck 54 winners past an aggrieved Halep, the third seed who, in the absence of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, was heavily tipped to win the title.

Asked when she realised her daughter had so much power, Jelena Jakovleva said: "The day she was born".

Rafael Nadal beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in three sets to reach his first French Open final in three years on Friday.

After finishing a high-quality backhand to seal the history-breaking win, an excited Ostapenko threw her racquet onto the ground at the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

"This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more.I realize more what is happening", said the 25-year-old. I think I played okay. "I want to really hit the ball".

The 23 unforced errors caught up to the Latvian and Halep took the opening set. The Championship would have also steered her to World No.1 ranking but destiny had it otherwise.

French Open 2017 saw a new Women's Champion. She kept the faith and still tried for the winners against all odds, and when she was down and ought to be losing hope. Four of the first six games went against the serve, creating a 3-3 score-line, during a period where Ostapenko might have regretted not building a lead.

"She danced, swam, played tennis, she played football because she had so much energy".


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