Unseeded Ostapenko wins French Open

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Jelena Ostapenko

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko fought back to stun third seed Simona Halep and become Latvia’s first Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

The 20-year-old trailed by a set and was 3-0 down in the second to Halep – who would have become world number one with a win – but prevailed 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Ostapenko, ranked 47th, had never won a Tour-level title before and was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam.

She is the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933, BBC reports.

Halep, 25, was playing in her second French Open final, after losing in three sets to Maria Sharapova in 2014.

She had been the tournament favourite this time in the absence of Serena Williams, but again missed out on a first major title.

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