Jelena Ostapenko and Anett Kontaveit are in June's Fastlane towards the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Ostapenko stunned the tennis world when she won her debut career title at Roland Garros, powering past favorite Simona Halep in the final. Ranked No.47, she was the first unseeded player to win the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen since 1933 - a result that accelerated her Race position from No.24 ahead of the French Open to No.4. The 20-year-old is the youngest player in the Race Top 8 and is seeking to make not only her personal debut at the WTA Finals, but to become the first Latvian to compete in the end-of-year extravaganza.
The Baltic breeze has continued to blow throughout June: the week after Ostapenko's shock victory, Estonia's Anett Kontaveit captured her own maiden trophy at the Ricoh Open in 's-Hertogenbosch. The 21-year-old had already notched up a runner-up spot in Biel and her first Premier-level quarterfinals in Stüttgart and Rome, and her title run saw her leap 10 places to land at No.20 - becoming the second youngest player in the Race Top 20 after Ostapenko.