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.
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.