Whether it was history, stats or just common sense, Jelena Ostapenko never had a chance to win the French Open title.
Not for a 20-year-old who had never won a single championship at any event on the WTA Tour, never mind on the grand stage. Secondly, not a single player from Latvia, man or woman, had ever captured a Grand Slam title.
And if that wasn't enough, once she did arrive to the courts Saturday in Paris, Ostapenko was off her game early, losing the opening set. Not one player had come back from a one-set deficit to win the French Open final since Jennifer Capriati did 16 years earlier.
But a little more than an hour later, Ostapenko stood at the podium, holding the championship trophy, albeit awkwardly, delivering her winner's speech.
In retrospect, we should have seen her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win against No. 3 and tournament favorite Simona Halep coming. Even if the sample size if small, Ostapenko looks like she relishes the moment. She's fearless, as you can see below in her winner count.
That's 54, compared to Halep, who had only eight. It's possible that's the greatest disparity we've ever seen in a major final.
You'd have to think that Ostapenko, at just 20 years old, has a future that will have more trophies coming her way.
Even though her road to the championship met a few obstacles, hey, anytime you can have your photo next to Serena Williams, it's not necessarily a bad thing.
So Ostapenko leaves the French Open with her Grand Slam title. For what it's worth, that's more than the current Nos. 3-10 players on the WTA Tour combined. For Ostapenko's effort, how about this? Not too bad, even if the Euro is hurting.
Before today, Jelena Ostapenko won $1.23 million in career prize money. With French Open win alone, she makes $2.24 million.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 10, 2017
Yes to this:
Jelena Ostapenko is coached by two women: her mother and Anabel Medina. Hopefully this will open the door to many more female coaches— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 10, 2017
Here's what other players had to say about Ostapenko's effort:
Congrats to Ostapenko!!! Huge win and awesome to watch ripping every ball regardless!! #RG17— jamie delgado (@DelgadoJamie) June 10, 2017
A New Star has arrived! Fortune favours the brave & Ostapenko was & is the French Open champion. Future no.1 Great for the Women's game.— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) June 10, 2017
i don't think Ostapenko realizes she just won a slam? its like yeah, when do i play next?? she even took a energy pouch out and ate it!!— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) June 10, 2017
Jelena Ostapenko had NEVER won a WTA tour title before. Biggest title before today was an ITF $50k in St Petersburg in February 2015!— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) June 10, 2017
Just incredible from Jelena Ostapenko!!! #RG17— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) June 10, 2017
Craaaaaaazy omg— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) June 10, 2017
What a fearless performance by Jelena #Ostapenko. Well done👍🏼— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) June 10, 2017
Kinda shell shocked watching Jelena Ostapenco's brilliant performance against Simona Halep...Simona showed grace in defeat...Both champions— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) June 10, 2017