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Jelena Ostapenko lifts the French Open trophy after beating Simona Halep on Saturday

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is confident she can take the attention in her stride following her remarkable win over Simona Halep, as she targets more grand slam success at Wimbledon.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her semifinal match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in three sets, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Five months on, Ostapenko is now 20 and the proud holder of the French Open title, her first grand slam crown in her eighth slam event.

Each of them said there was very little they could have done to change things, such was the power and utter fearlessness of Ostapenko, who said she was nervous in the final but showed no sign of it as she continued to crack the ball as hard as she could.

Ostapenko fired 54 winners and 54 unforced errors compared to Halep's eight and 10 respectively.

"This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more.I realize more what is happening", said the 25-year-old. But the oddest bit of cosmic connection was that Ostapenko had become the first player since Gustavo Kuerten to claim the French Open as their maiden title; and Kuerten won the French Open on June 8, 1997, the day the Latvian was born. "There are no words".

- The youngster launched an impressive tally of 299 winners from her fluorescent green racket at Roland Garros this year.

"I was just still trying to play very aggressive and to go for a shot when I had the possibility". "And I was losing 6-4, 3-0, and then in my mind I was just, I'm just going to enjoy the match, and I will try to fight until the last point".

"Sometimes I felt like a spectator", the defeated third seed told a news conference. "I think I'm going to only understand that in maybe couple of days or couple of weeks (smiling)".

"I wish you good luck for the season".

Ostapenko became the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the French Open
Ostapenko became the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the French Open

There was nothing lucky about the way she struck 54 winners past an aggrieved Halep, the third seed who, in the absence of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, was heavily tipped to win the title. But also in the deciding moments, I think I played pretty well in those games.

"Can she become a serial Grand Slam champion?"

Time for another Ostapenko resurgence.

Jelena Ostapenko completed her wonderful and wholly improbable two-week journey from teenage hopeful to dazzling Grand Slam champion on Saturday when she came from a set down to blitz Simona Halep at Roland-Garros with one of the tournament's most stupendous performances. I don't know. I think everything was by her side today.

It was not a case of Halep getting tight and choking on a lead but rather Ostapenko getting hot with her high-risk game and hitting her way out of trouble on both wings, so much so that one statistic revealed her forehand was an average hit faster than Andy Murray's.

Jelena Ostapenko is hoping her stunning French Open triumph is just the start as she seeks to establish herself among the biggest names in women's tennis.

One of the pivotal moments in the match came in the seventh game of the third set when Ostapenko rifled a backhand down the line.

Halep too must find her own version of that getaway.

"It may be hard but I chose the life of a tennis player".

The French Open may have been her first WTA title, but I doubt it will be her last.

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