Ostapenko eyes Slam dou­ble

Daily Mail - - Wimbledon 2017 - MATTHEW LAM­BERT

JE­LENA OSTAPENKO’S French Open tri­umph was a bolt from the blue, but here at Wim­ble­don she is on her way to prov­ing light­ning can strike twice. The Lat­vian blasted her way to glory at Roland Gar­ros — hit­ting her fore­hand, on av­er­age, harder than Andy Mur­ray. The doubters felt her ten­nis in Paris was spec­tac­u­lar but not sus­tain­able. Yet here she is, four wins away from what would be an ex­tra­or­di­nary Grand Slam dou­ble. Against Ukrainian No 4 seed Elina Svi­tolina, Ostapenko is de­ter­mined to show she is no one-hit won­der. ‘Af­ter win­ning such a big event, now I want to win the other

Grand Slams,’ said the 20-yearold. ‘It’s tough be­cause I have a lot of at­ten­tion and peo­ple ex­pect more from me.’ Ob­servers in Paris mar­velled at her mis­sile-like shots, but she in­sists there is more to her game than blast­ing win­ners. ‘When I have a chance I play ag­gres­sive but I don’t go crazy and hit ev­ery ball as hard as I can,’ she said, adding that her pas­sion for danc­ing has helped ad­vance her game. ‘You have to be co­or­di­nated to do ball­room danc­ing. There are al­ways small steps, so it re­ally helps with foot­work on court.’

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