57 Facts About Jelena Ostapenko


Jelena Ostapenko was born on 8 June 1997, and known as Alona Ostapenko, is a Latvian professional tennis player.

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Jelena Ostapenko has career-high WTA rankings of world No 5 in singles, achieved on 19 March 2018, and world No 9 in doubles, reached on 22 August 2022.

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Jelena Ostapenko has won seven singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit, and she won the junior singles event at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

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Jelena Ostapenko has one half-brother, Maksim, who lives in the United States.

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Jelena Ostapenko was introduced to tennis at age five by her mother and idolized Serena Williams while growing up.

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Jelena Ostapenko started dancing that age, going on to compete in the National Latvian Championships for Ballroom Dancing.

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Jelena Ostapenko uses her legal name professionally in order to avoid administrative confusion.

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Jelena Ostapenko won the singles event at the junior Wimbledon Championships and was ranked the No 2 junior tennis player in the world in September 2014.

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Jelena Ostapenko made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the Tashkent Open, having been awarded a wildcard.

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At the Ladies Neva Cup, Jelena Ostapenko went through qualifying and won the biggest title up to then.

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At Wimbledon, Jelena Ostapenko defeated the ninth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets in the first round before losing to Kristina Mladenovic.

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Jelena Ostapenko reached the final of the Qatar Open, a Premier 5 tournament in Doha, beating world No 8, Petra Kvitova, on the way.

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Jelena Ostapenko was beaten by Carla Suarez Navarro in the final, nevertheless she rose to No 41 in the world rankings.

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At the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko was seeded in the singles at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, but she dropped her opening match to Naomi Osaka.

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Jelena Ostapenko reached the semifinals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Oliver Marach, but they fell to the eventual champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen.

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Jelena Ostapenko made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics where she lost to Samantha Stosur in the first round.

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At the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko, then ranked 47th in the world, defeated Louisa Chirico, Monica Puig, Lesia Tsurenko, and Samantha Stosur.

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Jelena Ostapenko came from a set down to defeat her, reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal.

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Jelena Ostapenko beat Bacsinszky in three sets to reach the final, being the first unseeded female player to play in the final of the French Open since Mima Jausovec in 1983 and the first Latvian player to reach the final of a major.

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Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament and the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since 1933.

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Jelena Ostapenko became the first player since Gustavo Kuerten to win his or her first career title at a Grand Slam tournament; coincidentally Kuerten won his first title at the 1997 French Open on the day Jelena Ostapenko was born.

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At Wimbledon, Jelena Ostapenko beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Francoise Abanda, Camila Giorgi, and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina en-route to her second Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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Jelena Ostapenko's performance was enough for her to make her top-ten debut in the world rankings, at No 10.

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At Indian Wells, Jelena Ostapenko beat Belinda Bencic in the second round but lost to Petra Martic in the third.

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Jelena Ostapenko entered the French Open as the fifth seed, but failed to defend her title, losing in the first round to Kateryna Kozlova.

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Jelena Ostapenko went on to play at the Sydney International, where she lost to Ash Barty in the first round.

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At the Australian Open, Jelena Ostapenko was seeded 22nd and lost to Maria Sakkari, again in the first round.

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Jelena Ostapenko lost in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships to Hsieh Su-wei.

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At Jurmala, Jelena Ostapenko was defeated in the first round by Bernarda Pera, but she reached the final of the doubles alongside Galina Voskoboeva; the pair lost to Sharon Fichman and Nina Stojanovic.

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At Linz, Jelena Ostapenko defeated Tamara Korpatsch, Alize Cornet, and Elena Rybakina en route to reach her first semifinal appearance since 2018 Wimbledon.

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At Linz, Jelena Ostapenko announced that she had hired fellow Grand Slam champion Marion Bartoli to her coaching team.

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At Luxembourg, Jelena Ostapenko defeated Caty McNally in the first round, and then defeated top-seeded Elise Mertens in the second round.

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Jelena Ostapenko then defeated Antonia Lottner and Anna Blinkova to reach the final, where she defeated defending champion Julia Gorges in straight sets, to win her first title since Seoul in 2017.

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Jelena Ostapenko withdrew from the 2020 Auckland Open following the death of her father.

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In May 2021, Jelena Ostapenko reached the semifinals in doubles at the Madrid Open with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeating en route the top seeded pair and world No 1 and No 3, Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens.

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Jelena Ostapenko had match points against Karolina Pliskova, but lost in a third set tiebreak.

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Jelena Ostapenko won her fourth title as a wildcard at the Eastbourne International, defeating Anett Kontaveit in straight sets in the final.

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Jelena Ostapenko became only the third wildcard to win the title, following Monica Seles in 1996 and Julie Halard-Decugis in 2000.

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At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Jelena Ostapenko was a flagbearer for Latvia alongside basketball player Agnis Cavars and entered the singles and doubles tournaments at the Games.

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Jelena Ostapenko was defeated in the first round in the singles tournament by Elena Vesnina, in three sets.

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Jelena Ostapenko ended the year winning the doubles title alongside Siniakova at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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Jelena Ostapenko reached the third round at the Australian Open, falling to Barbora Krejcikova after taking the first set.

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Jelena Ostapenko returned to the top 15 at world No 13 in the WTA singles rankings.

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Jelena Ostapenko's woes continued with a first-round loss at the Italian Open.

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At the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko lost in the second round to Alize Cornet in three sets.

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Jelena Ostapenko is an aggressive baseliner, with a attacking playing style.

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Jelena Ostapenko aims to finish points quickly, either with powerful groundstrokes or deft volleys.

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At the 2017 French Open, where Jelena Ostapenko won her first professional title, she regularly hit between 35 and 45 winners throughout her matches.

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Jelena Ostapenko said in an interview at the event that "aggressive is my style of game".

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Jelena Ostapenko's groundstrokes are simply massive, flat swipes of the ball that left Halep.

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Jelena Ostapenko's first serve is powerful, being typically recorded at 106 mph, and peaking at 112 mph, allowing her to serve aces, whilst her second serve is inconsistent.

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Jelena Ostapenko's second serve is hampered by nerves, and a frequently wayward ball toss, meaning that she double faults frequently.

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Jelena Ostapenko uses Wilson Blade racquets, but is currently without an apparel sponsor, having previously been sponsored by Adidas for clothing and shoes; and Nike prior to that.

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Jelena Ostapenko is coached by her mother, with her father serving as a fitness trainer.

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Jelena Ostapenko parted company with Medina Garrigues at the end of 2017, taking on David Taylor – former coach of Sam Stosur and Ana Ivanovic – to coach her for the majors, with her mother remaining as her full-time coach.

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In October 2019, Jelena Ostapenko partnered with 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli on a trial basis; their partnership resulted in Jelena Ostapenko reaching two finals in two weeks, and winning the title in Luxembourg.

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Between 2016 and 2019, Jelena Ostapenko was the only player to have won a Grand Slam title, but lost in the first round the three other times she had competed at the same tournament.

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