Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko stunned the tennis world on Saturday as she claimed her first WTA title at Roland Garros.
The win came on the back of a superb display of aggressive tennis from a player whom many fans may not have heard of prior to Roland Garros – Ostapenko had previously never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam.
FOX Sports Asia lists 10 interesting facts about tennis’ latest Grand Slam champion – Jelena Ostapenko.
1 – She is the first unseeded grand slam champion since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open and the first in Paris since 1933.
2 – She won the 2014 Wimbledon juniors and made her WTA debut the same year.
3 – She was a talented ballroom dancer and took part in the Latvian national championships before deciding to concentrate on tennis at the age of 12.
4 – Her father Evgenijs is a former professional footballer who played in Ukraine.
5 – Her mother Jelena was her coach as a youngster.
6 – Ostapenko likes to be called ‘Alona’.
7 – Growing up her tennis idols were Serena Williams and fellow Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
8 – She was born in Riga, Latvia on June 8, 1997 – on the day Gustavo Kuerten won his first professional title by winning the French Open, the same feat Ostapenko has now achieved.
9 – She was ranked No 47 before Roland Garros, but will climb now to No 12 following her win.
10 – Until her victory at Roland Garros, Ostapenko was best known by many tennis fans for a 2016 tantrum in Auckland, where she threw her racquet and almost hit a ball boy.