Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko targeted for return to ASB Classic

Tricia Pearson
June 13, 2017

"I'm just going to try to work hard but I think if I have a really good day and I'm hitting really well, I think anything is possible", she said.

Ostapenko never wavered, using bold strokes and an unbending will to come back and stun Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for an unlikely championship at Roland Garros.

With her victory Ostapenko also became the first player to win a debut tour level title at a grand slam since Gustavo Kuerten did it on June 8, 1997 - the day the Latvian was born.

And yes, she was trying to become the first woman in almost four decades to make a Grand Slam title the first tour-level triumph of her career. She also became the first woman to win the French Open after losing the opening set since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

Right from the start of the French Open final, Jelena Ostapenko made quite clear to anyone unfamiliar with her name, or her game, what she is all about.

She would have emulated her manager Virginia Ruzici who won the 1978 Roland Garros title.

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The Romanian then had break points to make it 4-0 but Ostapenko held to massive cheers.

Her "live by the sword, die by the sword" approach worked wonders on Saturday when she was 3-1 down in both the second and third sets.

Budge hopes that loyalty is a factor when it comes to negotiations, feeling that because he took a punt previous year and gave her a wildcard. Her coach, Darren Cahill, said it would have been a "nice bonus" but that this possibility did not add stress to her preparations.

And after it was all said and done, she was still just a giddy 20-year-old. It was a big event and I had a great experience but I did not really understand how to play on grass.

She broke three times to take the opener as Ostapenko's error count soared to 23. "There will be attention when I go home because I have made history for my country".

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass-court tournaments I was scheduled to play", she said on Facebook. In 2016 she got in a dispute with Britain's Naomi Broady after the Latvian threw her racquet trying to reach a ball and it hit a ballboy.

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