Team Halep on regrouping after tough loss in Roland Garros final


The 20-year-old is the youngest French Open victor since Iva Majoli in 1997 and the first player to win a debut tour-level title at a Slam since Gustavo Kuerten in Paris that same year. Thursday, June 8, 2017.

The 20-year-old produced one of the most remarkable tennis stories in recent years by becoming the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the French Open title.

"I felt like a spectator", she said. I would like to thank my team and my family, and all my friends who came to support me.

"Nobody taught me. It's just the way I play".

'I knew she could hit that hard but I'm really surprised how she handled the two weeks, ' said the Spaniard. "I am proud of her!" said Vejonis, adding that she has demonstrated a unique achievement in Latvian sports. The Kiwi-American duo beat their Mexican-American counterparts in a fierce battle that saw the first two sets going into a tiebreaker to win 7-6 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-3 and bag their maiden Grand Slam title.

"She goes for broke and misses a lot, but when it really mattered - when she was a set and 3-0 down - she had the power and nerve to take the match away from Halep".

Simona Halep (L) was beaten 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the French Open 2017 final.

Ostapenko hit 54 winners and had as many unforced errors.

"All the credit for what you've done". Since 1991, she became the first player who came back in the finals after losing the first set.

Halep said Ostapenko deserved to win the title.

Sure is. Quite a precocious one.

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

"She was hitting very strong", Halep, who will move to No. 2 in the world, said after the match. Now, she capped her fortnight fairytale with a trophy at Roland Garros. "And I will work hard to climb the ranking and to maybe win some more titles". Maria Sharapova, who hasn't played in a Grand Slam tournament for 1½ years because of a 15-month doping ban, announced Saturday that she will not try to qualify for Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh.

"I knew the history and on the day I was born Gustavo Kuerten won his first tour title at Roland Garros". Not coincidentally, that was also the last time at any Grand Slam tournament that none of the women's quarterfinalists had previously won a major championship.

There was a clear opportunity for a breakthrough at this French Open with Williams, now 35, taking a hiatus for the birth of her first child and with No. 1 Angelique Kerber in an extended slump.

Behind after 39 minutes, Ostapenko showed no inclination to temper her approach. Accenting shots with high-pitched exhales, she likes points quick and is not shy about unleashing a forehand measured as being faster than that of men's No. 1 Andy Murray. With Wimbledon just around the corner, starting July 3, her sudden appearance on the scene makes things more interesting. It's been a long clay-court season for her, she's been going since straight after Miami, through Fed Cup, that was the first clay court event for her and she's played pretty much every day all the way through to here.

Still, there were plenty of entertaining points during the back-and-forth match between the disparate styles, played in a slight breeze with the temperature at about 80 degrees (above 25 Celsius) and with nary a cloud marking the azure sky. By then her winners were finding their lines and a 6-4 second set went in Ostapenko's name.

The 20-year-old muscled 54 winners past the Romanian en route to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory in Saturday's final.