Jelena Ostapenko is a Latvian professional tennis player, who has career-high WTA rankings of world No 5 in singles, achieved on March 19, 2018. She won the 2017 French Open singles title. Jelena Ostapenko has won seven singles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit, and she also won the junior singles event at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. She is known for her highly aggressive playing style, including powerful inside-out groundstrokes and a tendency to aim for the lines.
Jelena Ostapenko, also known as Alona Ostapenko, was born on June 8, 1997, in Riga, Latvia. She was introduced to tennis at age five by her mother. As a junior, she won the titles at Latvian Open 2011, as well as several international cups in Central and Eastern Europe. Jelena Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals of the European Junior Championships 2011. She won the singles event at the junior Wimbledon Championships and was ranked the No 2 junior tennis player in the world in September 2014.
Jelena Ostapenko made her professional debut in 2012 at $10,000 Tallinn (Estonia) but was defeated in the second round. Later the same year she took part at the $10,000 Torrent (Spain) and $10,000 Pomezia (Italia) and reached the semi-finals. In October 2012, Jelena Ostapenko won her first ITF trophy at $10,000 W15 Stockholm (Sweden).
In 2013, Jelena Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals of Australian Open Junior and won another two ITF trophies in $10,000 Helsingborg (Sweden) and $15,000 Helsinki (Finland). The same year she won the junior titles at J1 Bradenton \ Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships (USA) and J1 Beaulieu-sur-Mer \ Open International Juniors de Beaulieu sur Mer (France).
Jelena Ostapenko made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the Tashkent Open in 2014, having been awarded a wildcard. The same year she won J1 Roehampton \ ITF Juniors – Roehampton and Wimbledon Junior. During the year, Jelena Ostapenko won three ITF titles at $15,000 Santa Margherita Di Pula (Italy) and was runner-up at $25,000 Zawada (Poland).
In 2015, the Latvian tennis babe started the year winning the trophy at $50,000 Saint-Petersburg (Russia) and reaching the final at $60,000 Quanzhou (China). She debuted at the Grand Slam and reached the second round of Wimbledon, but was defeated by Kristina Mladenovic. Later the same year she was the runner-up at $75,000 Sobota/Rokietnica (Poland). In September Jelena Ostapenko made her biggest breakthrough being the runner-up at the WTA 250 Coupe Banque Nationale présentée par Mazda. The very successful year brought her for the first time into the Top 100.
Jelena Ostapenko started 2016 amazing after reached the final of the WTA 1000 Qatar Total Open, losing to Carla Suarez Navarro. In April she reached the semi-finals of the WTA 250 BNP Paribas Katowice Open and by the end of the year, she reached the third round of WTA 1000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the quarter-finals of WTA 500 Viking Classic Birmingham. She entered into Top 50 and kept her position finishing the year at world’s No 44.
The 2017 season was the most successful for Jelena Ostapenko, who won the trophy at the 2017 French Open / Roland Garros, as well as WTA 500 Hana Bank Korea Open. She also reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, was the runner-up at the WTA 500 Volvo Car Open and reached the semi-finals of WTA 1000 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, WTA 1000 China Open, WTA 250 ASB Classic Auckland, and WTA 250 Livesport Prague Open. Thus, Jelena Ostapenko entered for the first time in the Top 10, ending the year at the world’s No 7. She took part in the Year-End Championships BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore but lost in the groups.
In 2018, Jelena Ostapenko continues with her great play and performance. She was the runner-up at WTA 1000 Miami Open, which took her to the world’s No 5, which is her career-high WTA ranking. The same year she reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon. By the end of the year, she left the Top 10 and ended the season at the world’s No 22.
Jelena Ostapenko lost the pace of her great performance in 2019 and her ranking dropped. She started the year without serious success and returned to the winning path just at the end of the season. She was the runner-up at the WTA 250 Upper Austria Ladies Linz and won the trophy at WTA 250 BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.
In 2020, Jelena Ostapenko withdrew from the Auckland Open following the death of her father. At the Australian Open, she defeated Liudmila Samsonova in the first round, before falling to Belinda Bencic in the second round. In February, she took part at the WTA 1000 Qatar Total Open, but reached the third round and was defeated by Petra Kvitova. She took a break at the singles for a while but kept playing in doubles. However, she took part at the French Open / Roland Garros, reaching the third round.
In 2021, Jelena Ostapenko returned on the court and started winning again. She reached the WTA 1000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, won the trophy of WTA 500 Viking International Eastbourne, reached the third rounds of Wimbledon and WTA 1000 Western & Southern Open. She took part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics but lost in the first round. In September she reached the finals of the WTA 250 BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, losing to Clara Tauson.