When the victor that year, Maria Sharapova, was not granted a wildcard into this year's event, Halep, who had won Madrid and reached the final in Rome, was elevated to outright favourite. Until Saturday in Paris, no one had come back from that deficit to capture the crown.
Ostapenko, who celebrated her 20th birthday only on Thursday, has not gone past the third round of a slam in her short three-year career before - let alone compete in a final. It's a measure of the 5-foot-10 Latvian's enormous talent.
A new champion will be crowned in the French capital on Saturday, as Jelena Ostapenko and Simona Halep meet in the final of Women's singles at the French Open at Roland Garros. Here are the takeaways fro. The final, the second for her in the Slam tournaments (after that of 2014 lost against Maria Sharapova), will have a double value. However, it was Halep who got the upper hand as she won the decider 6-3.
"I'm not fighting you on this, you have a little conversation with that person on your shoulder, cause I'm not the one that can answer these questions", Cahill told Halep. "I'm not focusing on her too much", said Halep. "But I was working on the forehand and I think it's pretty good now". After winning a record 23 grand slam in Australia, Serena Williams took a leave of absence when she announced her pregnancy.
She's played with a fearlessness illustrative of her youthful exuberance here, excelling in the clutch moments and hitting more experienced players off the court.
Logic suggested the steady approach she adopted after losing a topsy-turvy first set in a tie-break would get the job done for the experienced Swiss.
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"And so I will work hard to climb the rankings and to maybe win some more titles".
She again summoned a veteran's resolve down 3-1 in the third set, taking the match's last five games and, fittingly, striking a pair of winners on the last two points.
"I think if I have a really good day and I'm hitting really well, anything is possible".
Halep, seeded third at this competition, has been in tremendous form throughout the clay-court season and has come through some gruelling matches to make it this far.
Its a nice gift, said Ostapenko, who earned her maiden appearance in the final of a Grand Slam tournament. By the time she arrives back at the All England Club in a few weeks she will be one of the players to fear, with a game that could be devastating on grass. Ostapenko should continue to play without shackles and will know the pressure is firmly on her opponent on Saturday. And definitely I'm ready for it, because I won many matches until now, I have the mentality to play this final.
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