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Ostapenko: ‘Enjoy the match, fight until last point’ | Wins Roland Garros 2017

In the 2017 French Open women’s final on Saturday, unseeded Jelena Ostapenko upset No. 3-seed Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win her first major singles title-and her first pro title period.World No. 47 Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to lift the Roland Garros title in the Open era and the first Latvian major champion in history.”I still can not believe I am the Roland Garros champion and I’m only 20″.An ultra-aggressive style again reaped rewards for the 20-year-old Latvian, whose respective victor and unforced error tallies (54 and 54) dwarfed the respective numbers of her opponent (eight and 10).”Of course I will probably now will have more pressure and attention, but I’m going to try to deal with that”, she said.Ostapenko, who had the Parisian crowd roaring her on, reeled off the last five games to claim the title and become the youngest first-time female grand slam champion since Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova won the 2004 US Open. “There are no words”. Entering Roland Garros she was 0-3 in career finals at 2017 Charleston, 2016 Doha, and 2015 Quebec City.”It’s awesome”, said Ostapenko, the first Latvian to claim a Grand Slam crown.She broke at the start of the match, and never looked like she was tiring as she kept her nerve after losing the first set and going down 0-3 in the second set.”Nobody taught me, it’s just the way I play”, said Ostapenko.”At some points I was like a spectator on the court”, Halep said.The Latvian ended the tournament with 299 winners, more than any other woman or man at the tournament.She arrived in Paris having reached a final on the WTA tour in each of the last three years but with no title to her name.From Halep’s point of view her first time out of the gates at a Slam final, she was surrounded by an entourage of around 50 family and friends, and this time she kept it simple – and it nearly worked.”This one hurts a lot maybe because I realize more what is happening”, the Romanian said. I will keep working because I want to repeat what I have done this tournament. ‘I think so, because I always had the possibility I could hit the ball really hard.”I didn’t see how people could play tennis on it”. I’m sad I couldn’t win it but it was a great experience.Her big hitting is also a testament to her favourite player Serena Williams, whose sheer force of will and raw power have been key elements in her success. So that’s what she told me. She aced her way out of trouble spots in the match. “If I have a chance to go for a shot, I’m trying”. She had only one game.