At the start of the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko’s name was nowhere near the favourites for the tournament – now, the 20-year-old finds herself with the trophy in her hands.
In beating Romania’s Simona Halep 6-4 4-6 3-6, Ostapenko became the first unseeded woman to win the title in 84 years – here’s the moment the Latvian won the title.
What a way to win it!June 10, 2017
Just incredible from Jelena Ostapenko!!! #RG17— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) June 10, 2017
Not only was experience not in Ostapenko’s favour, she was also a set down and 3-0 behind in the second. Her victory is her first Tour-level title of any kind, coming in only her eighth Grand Slam event.
Jelena Ostapenko & Martina Navratilova (1978 Wimbledon) are the only women in Open Era to win 1st Grand Slam from down a set in the Final. pic.twitter.com/5T1DvUxvZk— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 10, 2017
Halep, 25, was competing in her second French Open final, but has yet to win a Grand Slam.
For Ostapenko, there was a rather intriguing coincidence too, with the last player to win their debut title at the tournament doing so the day she was born.
The last player to win their debut title at Roland-Garros was Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997...June 10, 2017
Perhaps someone born today might achieve the feat sometime in the future.