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Sunday, 11 June 2017

French Open: Rafael Nadal wins men's final, Jelena Ostapenko wins female's final (Photos)


Spain's Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final.

Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title.

He becomes the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January.


Only Australia's Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

Securing a 10th title in Paris - La Decima - further entrenches Nadal's place as the greatest clay-courter in history.

The Spaniard won the title for the loss of just 35 games over the course of seven matches, second only to six-time champion Bjorn Borg's 32 at the 1978 French Open.



He extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.



Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the only post-war players among a group of six men to have won a Grand Slam seven times.

Nadal's 10 French Open final victories

 
  • 2005 - beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-1 7-5
  • 2006 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
  • 2007 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4
  • 2008 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0
  • 2010 - beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4
  • 2011 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-1
  • 2012 - beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
  • 2013 - beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3
  • 2014 - beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
  • 2017 - beat Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-2 6-3 6-1
Also 20 year old Jelena Ostapenko,  made history as the first Grand slam winner from Latvia and also the 1st unseeded woman to win the French Open since Margaret Scriven of England in 1933.

Jelena defeated 25-year-old Romanian Simona Halep  a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win  in the final on Saturday.

 

Not only did she defeat Halep, she also ousted former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, former French Open finalist Samantha Stosur and 2015 semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky.
 
Interestingly, Ostapenko who seemed to be the crowd favorite only chose tennis over ballroom dancing a few years ago and it sure looks like it was the right decision.



Credit: BBC Sports/Guardian UK

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