Jelena Ostapenko defeats Simona Halep to win French Open

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Halep's win came after Latvian Ostapenko made it a memorable 20th birthday as she secured a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 win over Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky to become the first unseeded player to reach the French Open final since 1983 when Mimi Jausovec lost to Chris Evert. "It's unbelievable", said Ostapenko, the first Latvian to claim a Grand Slam crown.Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates with her trophy after winning her final tennis match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 10, 2017 in Paris.

The Latvian became the first Grand Slam finalist from her country as she overpowered 30th seed Bacsinszky 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 in the last four at Roland Garros.

The newly turned 20-year-old trailed by a set and 3-0 - she had to fend off three break points to avoid falling behind 4-0 - before rallying for a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory Saturday on Philippe Chatrier court.

Ostapenko is also the first unseeded player to win the women's singles title at Roland Garros in the Open era and the youngest victor of the French Open for two decades, aged just 20.

The 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Halep is a ball-chasing, defensive dynamo unafraid of lengthy exchanges who gets to almost everything off an opponent's racket and is careful when she swings.

Halep, who saved match point against Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals, had no response this time and Ostapenko sealed a stunning triumph with another break by hammering a backhand down the line. She's also the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam and the first unseeded female to win the French Open in the Open Era.

But, as in the second set, Halep was allowing - or perhaps helpless to prevent - the match being played on Ostapenko's racket. "So I was always trying to play aggressive and that's my game style. Enjoy it be happy and keep it going because you're like a kid".

Didn't really show. She surged in the tiebreaker, winning four of the last five points and ending it with a swinging backhand volley victor. It was always my dream, and to be here and win it is just awesome.

Ostapenko, whose average forehand speed of 76 miles per hour this tournament has eclipsed that of Andy Murray (73), continued to let fly with a bombardment of winners and errors. "But I was working on the forehand, and I think it's pretty good now", said a grinning Ostapenko.

"She can play her best tennis".

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"I am really happy".

17 Contesting just her eighth Grand Slam event, Ostapenko has played a total of 17 major matches.

World number 47 Ostapenko's average forehand speed at the French Open is 76mph - only a couple of clicks behind Rafa Nadal's and ahead of Andy Murray.

"I mean, when I came here", Ostapenko said, her words spilling out with nary a pause in between, "of course I didn't expect I would be in the final".

So Ostapenko stepped into the considerable opening created by the absences of Serena Williams (she's taking the rest of the season off because she is pregnant) and Sharapova (denied a wild card after coming back from a 15-month drug ban).

Pliskova ended the tie with 45 winners and a staggering 55 unforced errors.In contrast, Halep registered 14 in both columns.

It looked like the match was done, as Halep quickly jumped into a 6-4, 3-0 lead and then had break points to get a double break on Ostapenko. "Actually, it's something I can not understand".

"She was playing great in the first set", Ostapenko said. "Even in the third I was 3-1 down but I tried to fight for every point".

Ostapenko is the first Latvian grand slam finalist and the youngest at any grand slam since Caroline Wozniacki in NY eight years ago.

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