This is what Ostapenko had said on withdrawing from the ASB classic- “Due to personal reasons, I unfortunately have to withdraw from the ASB classic here in Auckland. I am looking forward to be back competing soon”.
The Latvian has now come forward to announce her father’s death. In fact, she penned an emotional message for her deceased father.
What Did Jelena Ostapenko Write About Her Father?
Jelena Ostapenko penned down an emotional message for her father through her official twitter and instagram account.
You were there since Day 1. Unfortunately, life can take away your loved ones…you realize what you miss the most when it’s not there anymore. Dear Dad, you will stay forever in my heart! Love you! ♥️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/1ILMLnkoxV
— Jelena Ostapenko (@JelenaOstapenk8) January 12, 2020
“You were there since Day 1. Unfortunately, life can take away your loved ones… you realize what you miss the most when it’s not there anymore. Dear Dad, you will stay forever in my heart! Love You!
Our condolences go out to Jelena and her family in these difficult times.
What’s The Future For Ostapenko?
As and when Jelena Ostapenko returns, she will be a formidable competitor in the WTA scheme of things.
She is expected to be competing in the Australian Open.
The 2017 French Open champion has had a bad last season. However, things changed drastically for her after appointing the 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli as her coach in October.
She guided her to two finals in two weeks.
Ostapenko lost the Linz finale but lifted her first trophy in tow years in Luxembourg to finish 2019 on a high. The Latvian revealed that the major thing that changed with her game after Bartoli’s appointment was an infusion of positivity.
With the right attitude, 2020 could well turn out to be the season that brings her to the top 10 of the WTA rankings.
How do you think 2020 will turn out for Jelena Ostapenko?