Jelena Ostapenko gets first French Open win since 2017 title

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Jelena Ostapenko said she believes she can return to the world's top 10 with a little more consistency in her game after securing her first French Open victory since lifting the trophy in 2017.

The Latvian, 23, blasted 46 winners en route to a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Madison Brengle - her only win at Roland Garros out with her shock run to the title three years ago.

Ostapenko's raw talent and fearless approach powered her to a stunning French Open triumph that saw her become the first unseeded player to win the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen since Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933.

However, Ostapenko admitted she struggled to cope with increased expectations following that fairytale run in Paris, and has added just two minor titles to her collection since beating Simona Halep in the 2017 final.

"After I won it was a tough time. I had to get used to the pressure but now it's all gone, and finally I won my first match after two years," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"I feel like much better than the years before. I was practising a lot. I didn't play the US swing and I was practising all the time on clay.

"I was kind of waiting for this clay season. Finally, here we are. Yeah, just taking one match at a time, but really happy with my performance today."

Ostapenko reached a career high of fifth in March 2018 and made both the quarter-finals and semi-finals at Wimbledon in the two appearances directly after her French Open breakthrough.

But she entered this year's concluding Grand Slam again unseeded, at 43 in the world.

"I just have to be more confident in my game and more consistent," said Ostapenko, who could pose a difficult test for fourth-ranked Karolina Pliskova in the second round.

"If there is a consistency in my game, I think I'm going to be a very dangerous player and it's going to be very, like, not easy to beat me.

"Sometimes I feel like I play well, and then some matches I don't play well. But if I get my consistency back like in 2017 and beginning of 2018 also, I think I'll be back in like top 10."

French Open results at Roland Garros on Tuesday, the third day of the delayed 2020 championship (x denotes seeded player):

Men

First round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Mikael Ymer (SWE) 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Christian Garin (CHI x20) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Marc Polmans (AUS) bt Ugo Humbert (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x10) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-1

Attila Balazs (HUN) bt Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 6-2, 6-3, 7-5

Lloyd Harris (RSA) bt Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x7) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Marcos Giron (USA) bt Quentin Halys (FRA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 8-6

Thiago Monteiro (BRA) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x31) 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

Dusan Lajovic (SRB x22) bt Gianluca Mager (ITA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1

Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) bt Harold Mayot (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-5

Andrey Rublev (RUS x13) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x9) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

Andrej Martin (SVK) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 7-5, 6-1, 6-2

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x18) bt Gregoire Barrere (FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt Jaume Munar (ESP) 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Women

First round

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x8) bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Harmony Tan (FRA) 6-2, 6-1

Nao Hibino (JPN) bt Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-4, 6-0

Ons Jabeur (TUN x30) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Clara Tauson (DEN) bt Jennifer Brady (USA x21) 6-4, 3-6, 9-7

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Monica Niculescu (ROU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x14) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-0, 6-3

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Irina Maria Bara (ROU) bt Donna Vekic (CRO x26) 6-3, 6-4

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Ana Bogdan (ROU) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 6-2

Sofia Kenin (USA x4) bt Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Petra Martic (CRO x13) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-6 (7/2), 7-5

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-2, 6-3

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 7-5, 6-3

Julia Goerges (GER) bt Alison Riske (USA x19) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1

Sloane Stephens (USA x29) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6-2, 6-2

Paula Badosa (ESP) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Mayar Sherif (EGY) 6-7 (9/11), 6-2, 6-4

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