20-year old Jelena Ostapenko surprised the tennis world by winning the 2017 Roland Garros Championships the previous week. Latvian Ostapenko was unseeded for the tournament but won the tournament. She beat 2014 Roland Garros finalist Simona Halep in the final.
Here are 10 things that you did not know about the new star in Women’s Tennis
Her mother used to be her coach
Ostapenko’s mother, Jeļena Jakovļeva, introduced her to tennis at the age of 5. Her mother was a tennis coach much before Ostapenko’s career started. Ostapenko’s mother used to coach her in the early part of her career.
Her current coach is Anabel Medina Garrigues.
She was introduced to Ballroom Dancing as a 5-year-old
Ostapenko started dancing around the age of 5, going on to compete in the National Latvian Championships for Ballroom Dancing. At age 12 she chose to focus on tennis and now credits her good coordination and skilled footwork to her years of dancing.