After the players exchange the first two points, Ostapenko moves to 15-30 with a sensational backhand return. And moments later it’s 30-40 and match point as the Latvian flicks away a backhand winner! And then would you believe it? Ostapenko smashes away a backhand return winner and she has done it!
Ostapenko is the French Open champion!
Halep* 6-4, 4-6, 3-5 Ostapenko (*next server)
Ostapenko brings up 40-15 when Halep sends a forehand long, and she wraps up her fourth game in a row with a brilliant backhand winner. That’s her 51st winner of the match!
Halep will now serve to keep this final alive.
Halep 6-4, 4-6, 3-4 Ostapenko* (*next server) – Ostapenko breaks
Oh my, how cruel is that? Ostapenko forces two more break points at 15-40, and after Halep saves the first with a jamming serve she is powerless on the second as an Ostapenko backhand that is flying wide clips the tape and somehow, hugely fortuitously lands in.
Ostapenko is two service holds away from winning the French Open.
Halep* 6-4, 4-6, 3-3 Ostapenko (*next server)
Chris Bradnam in commentary says “Ostapenko loves Agatha Christie novels, and she’s writing one here”. Hmm, is this a murder mystery?? I do love Chris though – he actually used to coach me back in the day. True story, but I’ll save it for another day.
Anyway, back to the here and now. The players exchange the first two points of the game before Ostapenko sends a backhand wide for 15-30…Read More & View Videos