Anabel Medina Garrigues

Barely 20-years-old, Jelena Ostapenko will challenge Simona Halep for French Open title

Barely 20-years-old, Jelena Ostapenko will challenge Simona Halep for French Open title

Jelena Ostapenko is a young woman in a hurry.

On the day she turned 20, Ostapenko became the first unseeded French Open finalist since 1983, using big and bold groundstrokes to end points lickety-split on the way to beating 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

β€œHer life is like this: Everything very fast,” said Ostapenko's coach, former pro Anabel Medina Garrigues. β€œHit fast. Walk fast. Talk fast.”

It's true. How quickly did this come together for Ostapenko, the first tennis player from Latvia to reach a Grand Slam final? Not only is this just her eighth major tournament, and not only had she never been past so much as the third...

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