The Scottish Mail on Sunday


- From Mike Dick­son AT ROLAND GAR­ROS

Ostapenko proves a French fancy with stun­ning tri­umph in Paris —

JELENA OSTAPENKO was among the 100-1 out­siders to win the French Open, hav­ing never won a WTA Tour ti­tle be­fore or reached the sec­ond week of a ma­jor.

Now the world No47 has burst into the ranks of Grand Slam cham­pi­ons, rid­ing on a wave of high-risk ten­nis that even­tu­ally over­whelmed heavy favourite Si­mona Halep.

Rarely has Court Philippe Cha­trier wit­nessed such a re­lent­less dis­play of coura­geous hit­ting as the 20-year-old Lat­vian pro­duced in win­ning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

‘I had no wor­ries, this was my dream al­ways to win here,’ she said. ‘I was just try­ing to play my game. I was miss­ing a lot but I just kept try­ing to play my game.’

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