Simona Halep focused on stiflling Jelena Ostapenko’s attack force in Paris final

Romanian will become world No1 if she triumphs against unseeded Latvian who has blasted into the final with a brand of tennis bereft of fear

In her spare time Jelena Ostapenko likes to go ballroom dancing and read detective novels. But even her favourite author, Agatha Christie, might have considered the plot lines that have run through this year’s French Open as too outlandish for publication.

A year ago, on her first appearance in the main draw here, Ostapenko was beaten in the first round. Coming into this even, she had never been beyond the third round at any of the grand slams. On Saturday the 20-year-old plays Romania’s Simona Halep for the French Open title and if she wins she will be the first player to win their first Tour title at a grand slam since Gustavo Kuerten did on 8 June 1997, which just happens to be the day Ostapenko was born.

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