Great memories of 2017 Roland Garros final when 19 years old Ostapenko stunned huge favorite Simona Halep to become the lowest-ranked champion in French Open history and the first unseeded player to lift the Roland Garros title in the Open era.
Halep says she wants to experiment and intends to go solo on the Tour after recently splitting from her two coaches. However i wasn’t impressed of her level on any of her recent matches and i very much doubt that it would prove the best situation for her (yesterday Jabeur was physically short and just not clinical enough when it mattered).
Ostapenko has been trully outstanding the last couple of weeks – coming from behind to upset Swiatek and saving a match point against Kvitova, with Petra failing to serve out the match twice – and she definitely seems (especially mentally) in a better place to cope with these matches than in the past.
When Ostapenko is in form it’s really tough for any girl on the tour – especially on fast surfaces – and Jelena is definitely at her best at the time being. Ostapenko’s return of serve has been excellent through the tournament and this will be the key factor today, as she could do a lot of damage returning Halep’s (not really scary) serve and create too many break points.
Jelena Ostapenko – Simona Halep
Jelena Ostapenko ML (FT) @ 3.329 – 8/10 PINNACLE