Roland Garros—Paris, France

Latvian youngster Jelena Ostapenko captured her maiden grand slam title in Paris, France on Saturday, defeating No. 3 seed Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. In a match that lasted one hour and 59 minutes, Ostapenko recovered from a 4-0 deficit in the second set and 3-1 hole in the third set to prevail. Using her arsenal of potent ground-strokes to great effect, the recently turned 20-year-old struck 54 winners, hit three aces and won 69 percent of her first serve points.

(Michel Euler/AP)

Completely dictating the tempo of the match against Halep, Ostapenko also defeated Timea Bacsinszky, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, Lesia Tsurenko and Monica Puig en-route to the finals .

Currently ranked No. 47 in the world, Ostapenko will rise to No. 12 in the rankings on Monday. The Riga resident also booked her spot at the season-ending event in Singapore as a result of her victory.

Halep, who was appearing in her second career French Open final, will hit No. 2 in the rankings on Monday. Angie Kerber will remain the top ranked player in the world, despite her first-round exit.


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