Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

It was too much for Halep, who looked understandably distraught after squandering a commanding position, and had been too much for all her opponents, including the former US Open champion Sam Stosur and the former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko kisses the cup after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Paris. I fought for every point.

Scores and scores come out to support her everywhere she goes and Cahill believes she deals with it all impeccably well.

"I was very close to taking my first Grand Slam and also become no. 1 in the world, so it was a little bit of an emotional moment". I will keep working, because I really want to repeat what I have done this tournament.

"I have faith that eventually she will get over it".

- Ostapenko came back from 0-3 down to break third seed Halep's serve three times and take the second set 6-4.

The problem for the 2014 Wimbledon junior champion, however, was that she was missing too much in the first set.

Soon enough, Ostapenko was striking two more winners on the last two points to provide a fitting conclusion. All the credit for what you have done.

"It's her second Grand Slam final, it's obviously a wonderful thing to make it through to the final and it's hard to win them and that's why they're so special when you finally do win one".

Ostapenko was 10 when she first mentioned winning the French Open one day, her mother said.

Sure is. Quite a precocious one.

Halep, who fell to Sharapova in the 2014 Roland Garros final, entered the match against Ostapenko as the favourite. "'And she said, 'Maybe one time I can become a champion here"'.

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"But not many players win their first final in a grand slam". She, thus, became the first ever Lativian to become a Grand Slam victor.

A year before that, she lost in the first round of qualifying at Roland Garros.

Her victory highlights a curious landscape in women's tennis as, with Serena Williams out of action due to her pregnancy and world number one Angelique Kerber having a terrible time, tournaments are more open than they ever have been.

Her tennis idols are Serena Williams and fellow Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

The Latvian stepped in to pummel a weak second serve for 15-40, with Ostapenko grabbing a huge slice of luck when a wayward backhand clipped the net and dropped just over for a 4-3 lead.

She burst onto the scene over these two weeks with a brash brand of tennis. Accenting shots with high-pitched exhales, she likes points quick. So that's what she told me.

And when things went her way?

After telling herself to calm down on multiple occasions, Ostapenko started finding her range in the second set.

Their final on court Philippe Chatrier lasted 2 hours and it was a roller coaster of a match. But Halep broke right back, and then took the set with a break in the final game.

Jakovleva stayed home in Latvia during the first week of this year's French Open but even after she arrived in Paris she could not watch her daughter's matches from the stands.

She has only previously reached the second round, but, having overcome such long odds at the French Open, she will be full of confidence heading into the competition. And the same scenario played out in the third.

"I'd like to say congratulations to Simona, you had a great week, you played great, I hope you have many more finals and you will win it", said Ostapenko, who was a first-round loser at the tournament in 2016.

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