Halep and Ostapenko set for Paris final

Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko will meet in Saturday’s French Open final with a first Grand Slam title on the line for both women.

Third seed Halep, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final, began this year’s tournament as the favourite.

Victory on Saturday would see the 25-year-old Romanian replace Angelique Kerber as world number one.

Latvian Ostapenko, who turned 20 on Thursday, is ranked 47th and has yet to win a title of any kind.

She has ensured a top-20 place with her run to the final and made history as the first Grand Slam finalist from Latvia.

This year’s tournament saw a quarter-final line-up without any former Grand Slam champions for the first time since 1977.

“Of course, this match is really important, and I will not hide the heaviness that it has,” said Halep.

“Of course it’s going to be a great thing if I can win. But I would like not to think too much, because it puts more pressure on me.”

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