Jelena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep to win 2017 French Open title

BY Jamie Lisanti/Sports Illustrated • June 30, 2017

Jelena Ostapenko's first professional tennis title is a Grand Slam title. The 20-year-old had made only one WTA final coming into the French Open, but she played an incredible match to beat No. 3-seeded Simoan Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the 2017 French Open title.

After trailing by a set a 3-0, Ostapenko stormed back and with a forehand winner, sent the women's final to a deciding set on Philippe Chatrier. In the final set, Ostapenko continued her powerful hitting and aggressive game to take down Halep.

With the win, Ostapenko becomes the Latvia's first Grand Slam champion.

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