(VIDEO) French Open Day 13: A 20-Year-Old Steals The Show

Jelena Ostapenko (zimbio.com)

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko has defeated the odds to win this year’s women’s title at the French Open in Roland Garros.

The 20-year-old was the underdog against title favourite Simona Halep, but managed to prevail in three sets. Incredibly the title is Ostapenko’s first ever in her career. The last person to win their maiden tour trophy at a grand slam was Brazil’s Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open. In a somewhat freak coincidence, Kuerten won that tournament on the same day Ostapenko was born – 8th June 1997.

Meanwhile, Runner-up Halep is left thinking what could have been. The Romanian was leading the match by a set and 3-1 before experiencing a mighty comeback from her rival. She has also missed out on the world No.1 position, meaning Germany’s Angelique Kerber remains in top spot.

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink from the Tennis Tannel reflects upon what has been an historic day at the tournament for Latvian tennis. They also look ahead to Sunday’s mouthwatering clash between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

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