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French Open : Ostapenko beats Halep in women’s final
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French Open : Ostapenko beats Halep in women’s final

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Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko fought back to stun third seed Simona Halep and become Latvia’s first Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

She becomes the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933.

The 20-year-old trailed by a set and was 3-0 down in the second to Halep – who would have become world number one with a win – but prevailed 4-6, 6-4 6-3.

Ostapenko, ranked 47th, had never won a Tour-level title before and was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam.

Her victory completed a fairy-tale fortnight that included her 20th birthday and a congratulatory call from Raimonds Vejonis, president of her native Latvia.

The men’s final will be contested between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.

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