Showing posts with label Jelena Ostapenko. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jelena Ostapenko. Show all posts

Monday, January 8, 2018

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney
Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

Ekaterina Makarova upset Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International.

Makarova rode an early break for a 5-3 lead and, even though her Latvian opponent got back to 5-5, raced away with the first set tiebreak.

Ostapenko, who also lost her opening match in Shenzhen last week, put up a fierce fight at the start of the second set but faded after losing her first service game and Makarova moved on to face Barbora Strycova or Daria Kasatkina.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Serena Williams Losses First Tennis Match Since Giving Birth

Serena Williams Losses First Tennis Match Since Giving Birth

Serena Williams made her return to the tennis circuit this weekend, losing to Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

Ostapenko beat her 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker but the new mother seemed thrilled with her performance despite the loss.

“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically ... I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete,” she said during a post-match press conference. “I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ostapenko makes season-ending WTA Finals

Ostapenko makes season-ending WTA Finals

Jelena Ostapenko became the seventh player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA said on Wednesday.

The Latvian, who will make her first appearance in the Oct. 22-29 event, joins Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm extremely happy to qualify for my very first WTA Finals," the 20-year-old said on the WTA website (www.wtatennis.com). "I've had a great season and hope I can continue to play my best tennis in front of all the fans in Singapore."

Friday, September 29, 2017

Barty vs Garcia in Wuhan Open final

Barty vs Garcia in Wuhan Open final

Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached her biggest WTA final when she beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-0 at the Wuhan Open on Friday.

Barty will play Caroline Garcia in the final after the Frenchwoman beat qualifier Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Ostapenko, the last surviving seed at No. 8, appeared tired. Her previous three matches, including a win over top-ranked Garbine Muguruza on Thursday, all went three sets. But Barty's three previous matches went the distance, too, plus she reached the semifinals in doubles.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ostapenko downs Muguruza to reach Wuhan semis


Ostapenko downs Muguruza to reach Wuhan semis

Jelena Ostapenko beat Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Wuhan Open quarterfinals.

Ostapenko came from a break down in the deciding set, winning the last five games to beat Muguruza for the first time and a world No. 1 for the first time.

"I just beat No. 1 and it's amazing," Ostapenko said.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jelena Ostapenko US Open Day 2 Interview

Jelena Ostapenko US Open Day 2 Interview

J. OSTAPENKO/L. Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (Question about Kristaps Porzingis.)

JELENA OSTAPENKO: I'm actually not on Twitter, so I didn't know that. I knew that he followed me on Instagram, so that's really cool. It's great that he posted that I won the French Open.

Q. You never talked to him, though? Have you ever met him, seen him in Latvia?

JELENA OSTAPENKO: No, not yet. I haven't seen him. We're from different cities. He lives in a city like two hours' drive from capital. I know he plays here in New York City, maybe he'll be here during the US Open and we'll have a chance to meet.

Monday, August 28, 2017

US Open Video: Jelena Ostapenko And CoCo Vandeweghe Practice

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US Open Video: Jelena Ostapenko And CoCo Vandeweghe Practice

Jelena Ostapenko and CoCo Vandeweghe are practicing on the Grandstand.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mladenovic and Ostapenko upset in Rogers Cup first round

Mladenovic and Ostapenko upset in Rogers Cup first round

Kristina Mladenovic lost 6-2 6-3 to Barbora Strycova while Jelena Ostapenko was beaten by Varvara Lepchenko 1-6 7-6 7-6 at the Rogers Cup.

After breezing through the first set, Ostapenko's nerves began to show and unforced errors helped the Lepchenko take the final two sets in tiebreaks.

Strycova reached the second round for the fourth straight year to leave Mladenovic winless in four attempts on the Canadian hardcourts after the first match on an overcast center court in Toronto lasted just 75 minutes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 quarter-final press conference

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Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 quarter-final press conference

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Venus Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon semi-final after dispatching Jelena Ostapenko

Venus Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon semi-final after dispatching Jelena Ostapenko

Venus Williams defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 at the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, Venus was playing in her 100th singles match at the All England Club, while Ostapenko was in only her eighth.

That gulf in experience was immediately apparent when Venus broke in the second game and cruised through the first set in serene fashion.

Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

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Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

Jelena Ostapenko discusses reaching the Wimbledon 2017 quarter-finals for the first time.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Ostapenko keeps winning at Wimbledon

Ostapenko keeps winning at Wimbledon

Jelena Ostapenko defeated Elina Svitolina 6-3 7-6 and advanced into the quarter-finals at the All England Club.

The French Open champion struck a remarkable 42 winners and made 39 unforced errors while Svitoliva hit 14 of each.

"I really needed to stay very aggressive to win the point," the Latvian told reporters. "Even the match points, the rallies were really long. I really had to go for it to win the match."
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Ostapenko does not do defensive tennis and the idea that you might seek to win a point by waiting for your opponent to make a mistake is anathema to the hard-hitting Latvian.

The tactic seems to be working out well on Wimbledon's fast lawns. The 13th seed, who faces Venus Williams in the next round, is now just three matches away from completing what would be astonishing grand slam double.

That would put her in elite company as only Serena Williams has won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back since Steffi Graf achieved the feat in 1996.

This was only her second win against a top five-player, following her success against Simona Halep in the final at Roland Garros, and despite a brief wobble in the second set it never looked in doubt.

She broke in the opening game with one of many forehand winners and again for a 4-1 lead.

The weaknesses in her game were also apparent, however, and the error count was also swiftly mounting as Svitolina broke back following an Ostapenko double fault.

That was not the start of a comeback, however, and Ostapenko wrapped up the first set with another break before racing into a 5-2 lead in the second.

Against Venus, she will probably need to be more ruthless than she was in finishing off Svitolina.

She passed up a match point at 5-2, four more in the following game and after being pegged back and forced into a tiebreak, where she missed two more chances to kill off the game, Svitolina netted a backhand to hand her opponent the match.


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 third round press conference

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Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 third round press conference

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on her third round WImbledon 2017 win over Camila Giorgi.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ostapenko into Wimbledon second week

Ostapenko into Wimbledon second week

Jelena Ostapenko has followed up her French Open championship by getting to the second week at Wimbledon for the first time.

Ostapenko, who won the 2014 junior title at Wimbledon, defeated Camila Giorgi 7-5, 7-5 in the third round.

"It was tough to play against her because she's the player that kind of doesn't give you a rhythm," Ostapenko said. "She's hitting every ball so hard, serving so hard. For me was tough to get my game."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ostapenko battles into Wimbledon third round

Ostapenko battles into Wimbledon third round

Jelena Ostapenko battled past Abanda 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon third round.

For the second match running the 13th seed's level fluctuated wildly but she finally made her extra firepower count to see off the Canadian as darkness descended on Court 12.

Fans could have been excused for wondering what all the fuss was about as Ostapenko, who blazed to the Roland Garros title last month, flailed forehands high and wide and into the net in a scrappy first set against her fellow 20-year-old.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ostapenko keen to continue Wimbledon journey

Ostapenko keen to continue Wimbledon journey

Jelena Ostapenko, former Wimbledon junior champion, beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 1-6 6-3 in her opening match at the All Englnd Club.

"I just feel a bit more confident," Ostapenko told reporters when asked about her first grand slam event since last month's triumph in Paris.

Video: Jelena Ostapenko 2017 Wimbledon Pre-Tournament Interview

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Video: Jelena Ostapenko 2017 Wimbledon Pre-Tournament Interview

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 Pre-Championships Press Conference

Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 Pre-Championships Press Conference

Jelena Ostapenko talks to the media before the start of The Championships

Q. What has it been like for you since the French Open? Did they make a big deal at home? Do you feel any different?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: Yeah, had a lot of attention since winning the French. It was nice to come home. A lot of people met me. I had fun at home.

Yeah, I'm back to play on grass.

Q. What is the biggest change in your life since winning the French, do you think?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: I think I kind of made the history, like the Latvian history. I was the first person who won the Grand Slam in Latvia. Yeah, I don't know. I feel a little bit more confident. Really, really happy to have the Grand Slam title.

Video: Jelena Ostapenko Wimbledon 2017 pre-tournament press conference

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French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko speaks to the media ahead of her first round Wimbledon 2017 match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Video: Konta vs Ostapenko 2017 Aegon International Third Round WTA Highlights

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Video: Johanna Konta vs Jelena Ostapenko 2017 Aegon International Third Round WTA Highlights