PARIS: French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko will head to Wimbledon as the game’s latest star admitting that she as soon as believed grass courts have been appropriate just for soccer and never tennis.
The 20-yr-previous Latvian surprised favorite and world quantity 4 Simona Halep four-6, 6-four, 6-three on Saturday to turn into tennis’s very unlikely Grand Slam champion.
It was her first profession title as she turned the bottom-ranked winner in Paris, taking the trophy in simply her eighth main look.
Subsequent up on the Grand Slam circuit is Wimbledon the place Ostapenko was junior champion in 2014.
Nevertheless, she admitted that when she got here throughout a grass courtroom for the primary time, it was hardly love at first sight.
“Once I first performed on grass I didn’t prefer it, I actually didn’t perceive it,” she informed a small group of reporters following her shock Paris win as she recalled enjoying on grass at Roehampton in England as a 15-yr-previous.
“I didn’t see how individuals might play tennis on it. I assumed grass is for soccer.
“However then I discovered learn how to play on it and understood the motion. Now I actually prefer it.”
Ostapenko stated she was greater than snug with coping with her sudden fame which shall be beneath a harsh highlight when Wimbledon begins in 4 weeks’ time.
Her residence city of Riga acquired within the temper on Saturday when hundreds of her compatriots watched her victory on an enormous TV display erected in entrance of the town’s iconic Freedom Monument.
“It’s not scary to have the eye, it’s all the time good to have followers,” stated Ostapenko, all of a sudden $2.three million higher off and with a brand new world rating of 12 to her identify from her present forty seven.
“In fact, there shall be extra strain however I’ll attempt to cope with it.”
Now that Ostapenko has one Slam beneath her belt, she is hungry for extra.
“It was all the time my objective to win a Grand Slam title, now I need to win all of them,” she stated.
Her ambition shall be barely simpler to realize now that Serena Williams, her idol, is off the tour, anticipating her first baby in September.
However Ostapenko stated she might be unhappy that Williams won’t be at Wimbledon as she sees a number of the American’s feistiness in herself.
“Serena is my idol. She has a robust character which I like and she or he has a very aggressive fashion on courtroom.
“She’s enjoyable to observe.” In Saturday’s ultimate she fired fifty four winners and fifty four unforced errors.
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