Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko rallied after dropping the first set and going down 0-3 in the second to shock No. 3 seed Simona Halep on Saturday to capture the French Open women's championship for her first Grand Slam title.
The country's president called to congratulate her after the semi-finals while the final was shown on a big screen in Riga.
"I still can not believe it". The 20-year-old Latvian finished the tournament with a total of 299 winners through seven matches in Paris - 54 of which came against Halep. "It's so fantastic to be here", said Ostapenko.
Once again, it was Halep that got the upper hand at an early stage in the decisive set.
Halep consolidated with a gritty hold for 3-0 before Ostapenko fought off a trio of break points to stall her rival's momentum and spark an incredible comeback.
Ostapenko, who turned 20 on Thursday when she beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, threw her distinctive green headband into the crowd after a warm embrace with Halep who look devastated.
"I always had the possibility I could hit the ball really hard", said Ostapenko. I was 3-0 down but I was fighting for every point. "It really helps with the footwork on the court". But in the deciding moments, I played pretty well.
The Romanian possesses a counter-punching game and against Ostapenko could do nothing but react to her opponent's booming ground strokes.
"She has a lot to be proud of", Cahill said. "It's like one out of 10". But Ostapenko would not go quietly, winning that game and the next three en route to forcing a third set. I stayed there, I was fighting, but I think she was better than me today. "I can not change anything, so I just have to look forward", said the Romanian. "I think it is kind of a lucky, lucky number or something". So I want to have many more if it's possible.
Halep won the second set with a net-cord victor but on Saturday Ostapenko earned the key break of the third at 3-3 with her own slice of luck. "It is a nice place and the surface, grass, really fits me so I am really looking forward to playing this year".
Amazingly it was Ostapenko's first title on Tour with her previous highlight coming in 2014 when she won the junior title at Wimbledon. I'm sad I couldn't win it but it was a great experience.
While Ostapenko flew in under the radar during this Grand Slam, that's an advantage she'll never hold again.
But the difference on this day: Halep faded at the end of the second and third sets, while Ostapenko surged, bringing her mother - a tennis instructor who taught young Jelena how to play - to tears in the stands.
"Can she become a serial Grand Slam champion?" And No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber is in a serious slump, including a first-round exit at the French Open.
"I think it was a good tournament", said the Romanian, who would also have climbed to world number one with victory.
"Enjoy, be happy, and keep it going", Halep told Ostapenko during the trophy ceremony, "because you're like a kid". "At some point, I was like a spectator on the court".