Some stars passed on playing in the French Open, while others weren't allowed in. You know all their names. What matters is what took place inside and outside the lines in Paris. On the heels of a fairly predictable and alternately off-the-chain major event, here are the thoroughly vetted, unequivocal–or entirely subjective–best and worst moments from the 2017 French Open.
As it turns out, Jelena Ostapenko’s huge win in Paris had some precedent.
Perhaps she bottled some inspiration from the 1930s, from one Margaret Schriven.
Only unseeded French Open female champ before 2017 was Brit Margaret Scriven in 1933.— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) June 10, 2017
With her French Open singles championship, Ostapenko propelled herself to No. 12 in the rankings, up from a relatively pedestrian No. 47 slot. Moving forward, she will always be considered a contender–one who, at age 19 and then at 20 in this event, deployed a muscular arsenal of missiles against her competition.
And yet, her birthday on the occasion of her semifinal match against Timea Bacsinszky (a fellow b’day celebrator that day) wasn’t the only milestone in play for her at this event.
On one level, the same-sy look of her championship match victory over Simona Halep, in which Ostapenko came back in both the second and third sets, was a bit boring. (Even so, winner: Adidas.)
They need to make a rule that players can't wear the same outfit. Higher seed can choose. https://t.co/VCKtNJVaf4— Eric Butorac (@ebutorac) June 10, 2017
But Ostapenko carried the day, and over the course of that Saturday, delivered a series of ostensibly flummoxed Ostapenko faces.
If body language were an actual language, Ostapenko would have serious AP credit...— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) June 10, 2017
This is not your 1970s Ice Queen.
The inevitable came up–comparing Ostapenko to all-time greats, as she’s a major winner at such a young age. A Monica Seles comparison even cropped up and may not go away. But just like Michael Jordan and LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, there will not be another Seles, nor Steffi Graf, Serena Williams or the like.
This is the first and only Jelena Ostapenko before our eyes, and we may get a good decade or more of hits (hard hits) from her.
Paris, eat your heart out. And you, too, WTA Top 10 abiders. Prepare for an all-out assault on the castle.
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