Unseeded Ostapenko stuns Halep to win French Open title

PARIS (Reuters) - Jelena Ostapenko stunned third seed Simona Halep with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 comeback victory in a thrilling French Open final on Saturday to become the first Latvian to win a grand slam title.

The 20-year-old Ostapenko, the first unseeded player to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933, was 3-0 down in the second set when she overturned the situation.

Ostapenko, who hit a staggering 54 winners, won four games in a row and sent the match into a decider during which she overwhelmed her opponent on a sun-bathed Court Philippe Chatrier.

It was the second defeat in the final here for Romanian Halep, who was also bidding to become world number one by winning the trophy.

Ostapenko was the first woman since American Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the singles title at Roland Garros after losing the first set in the final.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia plays a backhand in her first round match against Christina Makarova of the United States of America during the 2013 Australian Open Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia plays a forehand in her first round junior girls' match against Kaylah McPhee of Australia during the 2014 Australian Open Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 02: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia returns a shot during her girls' singles match against Francoise Abanda of Canada on day nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia celebrates with the trophy after winning the Girls' Singles Final match against Kristina Schmiedlova of Slovakia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, in action against Sara Errani, Italy, during the US Open Tennis Tournament, Flushing, New York, USA. 3rd September 2015. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - FEBRUARY 26: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia reacts during a match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the women's singles Qatar Open tennis tournament on February 26, 2016 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia returns the ball to Andrea Petkovic of Germany during their Qatar Open semi-finals tennis match on February 26, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Jelena won 7-5, 1-0 after Petkovic abandoned due to an injury. / AFP / Karim JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia poses with her trophy after losing against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain their Qatar Open final tennis match on February 27, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came from a set behind against Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko to win the Qatar Open, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. / AFP / Karim JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia celebrates winning a point during her women's singles second round match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic on day four of the WTA Aegon Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 16, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia plays a backhand against Samantha Stosur of Australia in their first round match on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
NEW HAVEN, CT - AUGUST 23: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia reacts during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day 3 of the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 23, 2016 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia poses for a WTA Portrait at Arthur Ashe Stadium on August 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for WTA)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Karoline Pliskova (R) of the Czech Republic celebrates winning match point in her third round match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day six of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 5, 2017: First place winners Poland's Alicja Rosolska, and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko (L-R) during a ceremony for the 2017 WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy doubles final at Sibur Arena. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 30: Raquel Atawo of the United States and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia celebrate with the trophies after the doubles final against Abigail Spears of the United States and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia on Day 7 of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche-Arena on April 30, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
2017 French Open Tennis Tournament - Day Ten. Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the Women's Singles Quarter Final match on Suzanne-Lenglen Court at the 2017 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 5th, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2017 French Open Tennis Tournament - Day Ten. Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the Women's Singles Quarter Final match on Suzanne-Lenglen Court at the 2017 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 5th, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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