Romania’s Simona Halep will play Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the final of the women’s French Open final. Both Jelena Ostapenko and Simona Halep will be looking for their maiden Grand Slam singles title.
Ostapenko is the first player from Latvia to reach a grand slam final and achieved that feat on her 20th birthday. She’s also the first unseeded player to make the decider at Roland Garros since Slovenia’s Mimi Jausovec lost to Chris Evert in 1983. Also , Ostapenko could become the first tennis player to win the French Open as their first title since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997.
Halep, who was the 2014 runner-up, has never faced 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko.
Ostapenko, who is the world number 47 going into the final, has beaten a whole host of famous players including Monica Puig, Caroline Wozniacki and Sam Stosur.
Simona Halep said “I will play for two things — my first grand slam and No.1 in the world. It’s a big challenge, a big chance. I think I have the game. I have the mentality to win, but it’s gonna be tough. I expect her to give everything she has, to hit all the balls, to play with confidence. But I’m confident, as well. I’m ready to face her, and I’m ready to face another final. Yeah, it’s a big challenge. It’s a big thing. it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen, two things in the same time.
Ostapenko said : “I’m already in the final. I’m just going to go there and enjoy the match. Every match is a tough match. It’s a grand slam, and all the players are good. When I came here, of course I didn’t expect I would be in the final. But then, first match was a tough match, as well, and I won it. I think it kind of gave me confidence. Then every match I was playing better and better and I got my confidence, and I think it works pretty well.”
Whoever triumphs, a new name will be added to the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy, capping off an invigorating French fortnight that’s demonstrated the depth in women’s tennis.
The final will begin at 3.00 P.M Local time and 6.30 P.M IST .