An exciting French Open concluded on Sunday with the women’s doubles final. On Saturday, a first time Slam champ was crowned in an enthralling final to end another memorable Slam. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Read on for the best bits from Roland Garros…
The 2017 French Open champion is… Jelena Ostapenko. I think it’s going take some time for that to sink in! Winning her first title at the WTA level, the 20-year-old produced another sensational display, coming from a set and a break down to beat Simona Halep, 4-6 6-4 6-3 in yet another gripping match from this year’s French Open. The Latvian player produced crushing blows down-the-line and absolutely ripped on Halep’s serve at the end, winning the last five games in style. She claimed the crucial break in the decider on a lucky net cord at 3-3.
Few doubted that Ostapenko could hittt the ball but never did I think she was ready to win a Slam. It’s a stunning result and the way she has made her way through the draw, hitting tons of winners and fighting from a set down on four occasions! Huge credit to Ostapenko who will rise to number 12 (!) in the rankings and now heads to her more favoured surface of grass. Just wow.
Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won their third consecutive Slam with a dominant win over Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty in the final, 6-2 6-1. I was gutted to see Casey and Ash not play their best but equally, i’m chuffed for Lucie and Beth who are having another terrific year. Wimbledon is the elusive Slam for them!
There were some wonderful storylines from this year’s French Open. The return of Petra was very special.
There are so many crazy stats surrounding the champ, Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian player had never won a title before, or a match at the French Open and she camec in unseeded! She was a winner machine and hit just shy of 300 winners during the tournament. In the quarter-finals, Ostapenko beat Caroline Wozniacki for the third time this year with another hugely impressive display of aggressive tennis – she has hit 148 winners against the Dane in three matches!
Ons Jabeur had a landmark tournament as she won her first ever main draw match at a Slam and then secured a first top ten win, beating Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.
Another great story – five years after reaching the fourth round of the French Open, a recently returning-from-injury, Petra Martic reached the last 16 and was two points away from the quarters. Her third round, 6-1 6-1 win over Anastasija Sevastova was sensational.
There were plenty of memorable matches at this tournament. Starting with a few personal favourites – I loved Muguruza-Kontaveit from the second round, which was high quality tennis throughout. I also enjoyed Gavrilova-Mertens (R1), Hsieh-Garcia (R3) and Ostapenko-Stosur (R4).
Some of the most memorable matches of the tournament featured Kristina Mladenovic – her first round, 9-7 third set win against Jennifer Brady was a tortuous affair, while her wins over Shelby Rogers (7-5 4-6 8-6, R3) and Garbiñe Muguruza (6-1 3-6 6-3) had it all.
There’s a lot of matches on my catch-up list – both semi-finals and Halep’s come-from-behind win escape against Elina Svitolina.
Here’s a 50 shot rally in the doubles semi-final featuring Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova vs. Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis!
There were many awesome handshakes and hugs, and great sportsmanship on show this year.
Racquets down… Petra and Beth! 😊
Viktorija Golubic fell to the ground with the cramps on match point in her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The Belarusian helped out at the end and gave Golubic a comforting hug.
A nice hug between birthday buddies. Jelena’s smile here 😊.
A hotly anticipated cold handshake alert… Cornet and Garcia handled it with class.
Dasha going in for the hug with Simona! 😍
A lovely embrace between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Zhang Shuai after a brutal third round match.
Timea’s reaction when the journalists kept streaming into her quarter-final press conference 😂.
Timea is so thoughtful. Sitting in a press conference with the Swiss player is a real experience!
A pretty great sum-up from Kuznetsova of her game.
An emotional one… Garbiñe Muguruza was tearful but also came back with some attitude.
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