Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in a tense duel they beat Romanian Simon Halep and won the “Roland Garros” – 2017 in France.
After two weeks of intensive tennis, in Paris it was time for finals. The first determined the destiny of the title girl who have to a crucial stage got the fourth ranked Simona Halep and 47th in the rankings, Jelena Ostapenko.
Getting the Romanians in the final looks natural, because it is the best in this year held the clay season, and the bookmakers initially believed the native of Constanta favorite Roland Garros. Helmet Halep came to the status of champion of Madrid, the finalists of the Rome and Stuttgart polufinalistov. For the first four games in Paris, she did not give any set, knocking Ian Cepelovo Tatiana and Maria in the opening rounds, and later having dealt with ground specialist Darya Kasatkina and Carla Suarez-Navarro . In the 1/4 finals Simon got an incredible win over Elina Svitolina, playing the match points and a deficit of 1:5 in the second set. Then, the third seeded pressurized in a decisive game Carolina Pliskova and made the finals.
Ostapenko had done her homework to the main earth start, before reaching the finals in Charleston and semifinal in Prague. In Paris Elena came into the fight with a difficult victory over Louise Chiriko, and then in the same breath knocked out Monica Puig and Lesya Tsurenko. Debuting in the second week of a Slam, Ostapenko alternately in three batches passed Samantha Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki. In the semifinals, 20-year-old Sharapova defeated Timea Bacsinszky and became the youngest Slam finalist since 2009. Also Elena is the first representative of Latvia to reach the title bout in the majors.
The girls had to play first-person game. Halep for the second time reached the final stage of the Slam — Roland Garros-2014, it does a little not enough skill to defeat Maria Sharapova. The Romanian fought for the 16th title in his career in his 25th final. Ostapenko could win their debut trophy after three failures in decisive matches. Of course, the clear favorite of the meeting the bookmakers believed the 25-year-old star of the WTA tour.
A Latvian in the first game shocked the opponent with an aggressive game and did a dry break. However, Elena immediately played unstable on the pitch and lost the advantage. Next, the girls took the game by entering the ball, then Ostapenko took again great and easy designed break. But the second time the Latvian came mistakes and she instantly lost the advantage. With the score 3:3 debutante again caught at the reception, but break-point not implemented, again by making mistakes. Then took place a few sticky games, in which was recorded “exactly”. And yet, when the score was 5:4 in favour of Halep Ostapenko again faltered and gave the party. For the set she made for 23 unforced errors, while the Romanians were only two.
At the start of the new party champion the Junior Wimbledon 2014 led 40:0 on reception, but Simon played coolly and took five points in a row. In the next game already Elena had difficulties on filing and third break-point, the mistakes of the opponent, Halep took the lead. The Romanian made himself handicap 3:0 and only after that Ostapenko with great difficulty took the throw-in. And then the Latvian, and all bounced back, becoming more accessible, including through with the reception. Halep slipped on the pitch, then missed two break-point in the seventh game Ostapenko again realized his advantage in power and led 4:3. Simon from the mistakes of the opponent equalized, but then gave his serve under “zero”. This time Elena held the advantage and successfully filed for Seth.
In the beginning of the third party, the Latvian missed two break-point, though Halep played in their luck. From the account 1:1 20-year-old tennis player was the failure happens and for two games it took only two points. However, hold the advantage the Romanian failed — again Ostapenko has played keenly and fell, which allowed it to quickly restore parity. Elena smelled the blood, and, unlike many previous games, was not released from the hands of the fuse. Over the remaining three games she has shot a good portion of the winners bracket and finished off Halep for which another defeat in the final of Roland Garros would be a personal tragedy.
Ostapenko from the first attempt won his debut Helmet and became the first Romanian champion major. She became the youngest champion of the TBS from the time of Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004 and the first asiany winner of Roland Garros since 1933. As Gustavo Kuerten in 1997, Helen won his first title in his career in Paris. Following the tournament, the girl will be released on 12-th place in the ranking and advance to the top 4 of the Championship race. Unexpected championship will bring the arena of 2.1 million euros in prize money and 2000 points.
Elena Ostapenko (Latvia) — Simona Halep (Romania, 3) — 4:6, 6:4, 6:3