Tennis: Here's what you need to know about new French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates with her French Open trophy after beating Romania's Simona Halep.
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates with her French Open trophy after beating Romania's Simona Halep. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Latvian Jelena Ostapenko stunned Romania's Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the French Open on Saturday and claim her first Grand Slam title.

Here's what you need to know about her and her achievement:

Born: Riga, Latvia, on June 8, 1997

Grand Slam career-best results - Australian Open: Third round (2017), French Open: Winner (2017), Wimbledon: Second round (2015), US Open: Second round (2015).

The 20-year-old became the first unseeded woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since 1933.

She emulated the darling of Roland Garros, Gustavo Kuerten, by making the French Open her first career title - the feat the Brazilian achieved in 1997 on the day Ostapenko was born.

The youngster launched an impressive tally of 299 winners from her fluorescent green racquet.

Despite winning her first Grand Slam title on Paris clay, Ostapenko's favourite tournament is Wimbledon.


Born to former football player Jevgenijs Ostapenko and Jelena Jakovleva, she was introduced to tennis at age five and idolised Serena Williams while growing up.

Ostapenko was initially coached by her mother, with her father serving as a fitness trainer.

In July 2014, the then 17-year-old Ostapenko sealed a comeback victory to beat Kristina Schmiedlova 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and win the 2014 Wimbledon junior title.

She speaks Russian, Latvian and English.

She is currently coached by two-time French Open doubles champion Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Professional career highlights:

2012: Played first WTA qualifying at Moscow; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2013: Won two singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2014: She made her WTA tour main draw debut at the Tashkent Open.

2015: First top 100 season after reaching the second round at Wimbledon and US Open.

2016: Represented Latvia at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she lost to Australia's Sam Stosur in the opening round.

2017: Before entering Roland Garros, she came close to winning three titles this year, losing in the semi-finals at Auckland and Prague and the final at Charleston.