French Open takeaways: Ostapenko's fearlessness ruled the day
ABC News - 9 months
It has been 16 years since Jennifer Capriati lost the first set of the French Open final and won. Until Saturday in Paris, no one had come back from that deficit to capture the crown. Meet Jelena Ostapenko, a 20-year-old player who had yet to win a WTA level tournament of any kind until her Roland Garros triumph. It's a measure of the 5-foot-10 Latvian's immense talent. She earned her trophy with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-time Roland Garros finalist Simona Halep. Here are the takeaways from the match: Ostapenko's fearlessness ruled the day Many parts of Ostapenko's game malfunctioned at various times in this match, which is usually a kiss of death against the consistent, speedy, error-free Halep. But Ostapenko pursued her aggressive game plan even when she was in a deep hole, down a set and facing two break points to go down 4-0 in the second set. That fearless attitude exists independent of any other physical, mental or technical.....
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