Surprise at the French Open: Jelena Ostapenko an unseeded player in the final for the first time since 34 years. Her opponent there could be a victory for the new number 1 in the world.
The Latvian Jelena Ostapenko is a complete surprise in the final of the French Open of tennis professionals in Paris. The World Ranking Of 47. the Swiss Timea Bacsinzsky (No. 30) defeated in the semi-final round in three sets with 7:6 (7:4), 3:6, 6:3 and moved in as the first unseeded player since the 34 years to the finals of Roland Garros. To your 20. Birthday prepared Ostapenko yourself the best gift of all, turning after 2:25 hours on her second match ball. It is the first professional tennis player from Latvia in the final of a Grand Slam tournament.
Halep is on Saturday, the new number 1?
In the final on Saturday (starting at 15 CEST) meets Ostapenko on the Romanian Simona Halep, who sat in the other semi-final with 6:4, 3:6 and 6:3 against the Czech Karolina Pliskova. With their first Triumph at a Grand Slam tournament, the 25-year-old Halep could replace on Monday, Angelique Kerber as the number one world ranking. The two-time Grand Slam tournament champion from Germany had failed in Paris as the top seed in the first round. US Open finalist Pliskova would have been able to repel Kerber with the final from the throne.
Cute Happy Birthday
The former competitive dancer Ostapenko is the youngest player for eight years in a Tennis Grand Slam final. In 2014 she had won at Wimbledon in the competition for the Junior women. Bacsinzsky, the your 28. Birthday, celebrated, awarded two years after their last semi-final participation in Paris, and re-enter in a Major final. The spectators had greeted the two with a tentative “Happy Birthday”Serenade on the Centre Court.
Reward for risky game
Ostapenko bribed also strikes against her former doubles partner Cox with a hard hitting base line. After a Break, the outsider led in the first set with 4:3, but then a break in the treatment, the Swiss short of the concept. The tiebreaker then, but the very risky end of the game Ostapenko after 63 minutes with your 21. direct profit impact. Thereafter, the error rate of the Latvian, however, was always higher, while Cox is acting solid. The Swiss drew level sets. In the decisive third round, Ostapenko claimed, finally, the pre-decisive Break for 5:3.
Grönefeld loses Mixed doubles final
Anna-Lena Grönefeld (l.) and Robert Farah
The German player Anna-Lena Grönefeld has missed out on the title in the Mixed competition a close one. The 32-Year-old lost with your Colombian Partner Robert Farah in the final against canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and the Indian Rohan Bopanna 6:2, 2:6 and 10:12. It Grönefeld awarded in the Match tie-break two match points before a double fault and the German sealed the defeat after 67 minutes. “Of course, this is at first disappointing,” said Grönefeld. “But I think in a day or two, we can be proud of what we have achieved.” Grönefeld will have to wait further on their third Grand Slam title in Mixed doubles. In 2009, she had won with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas in Wimbledon 2014 with the Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer in Paris.
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