It is Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko in French Open Women's final

It is Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko in French Open Women's final

It is Simona Halep vs Jelena Ostapenko in French Open Women's final

The unseeded Ostapenko became the first Latvian to reach a major final with a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 2017 champion will be a first-time major victor while victory will also crown Halep as the new world number one, replacing Angelique Kerber.

Amazingly it would be her first professional title of any kind ― emulating the feat of Brazilian great Gustavo Kuerten who also announced himself to the world by coming from nowhere to win at Roland Garros in 1997. "Karolina is a good player and made it tough", Halep said.

"To be in the final again is great".

When Jelena Ostapenko reached the second week of the French Open, the player she most likely would want to play in her biggest career match would have to be Caroline Wozniacki. Halep hit 14 winners to 14 unforced errors, Pliskova 45 winners and 55 unforced errors!

A rasping Pliskova forehand gave her a battling hold and she warmed to the task in the second set, causing Halep far more problems with brutal groundstrokes and a venomous serve as she broke for the first time to take a 4-2 lead.

Ostapenko will face No. 3 seed Simona Halep of Romania, who recorded a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

In the end, she could at least reflect on progress in Paris - before this year, she had never got beyond the second round in five attempts.

In the mixed doubles final, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada lifted their maiden Grand Slam trophies as they overcame the opening set loss and a break deficit against French pair Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld to win 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on the match tie-break. "I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday", said Ostapenko after the match.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her semi-final match against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky.

The firebrand baseliner is the youngest player to reach a major final since Caroline Wozniacki's advance as a 19-year-old at the 2009 US Open decider.

Ostapenko said: "In some moments I felt a little bit tight because it was already the semi-final. I think it's a nice gift".

Halep could have won the first set easier if she had converted break points in the fifth and ninth game.

For Bacsinszky it was a second semi-final defeat in Paris.

"Her life is like this: Everything very fast", said Ostapenko's coach, former pro Anabel Medina Garrigues.

"I'm really happy with my win today and it was really tough match".

"I hope I can play better than the previous time and that the score will be different", said Halep, who lost in three sets to Maria Sharapova in her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros. Still, not much later, she was two points from taking that set. It was her 47th Grand Slam tournament, the most ever played by a woman before earning a championship.

Ostapenko, whose average forehand speed of 76 miles per hour this tournament has eclipsed that of Andy Murray (73), continued to let fly with a bombardment of winners and errors.

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