No one saw Jelena Ostapenko's victory at Roland Garros coming but everyone had something to say about it afterwards. In a torrent of fearless winners - 299 in total over the fortnight, 54 of which came in the final - the 20-year-old captured the attention and the hearts of fans and media alike.
From rhapsodising about the Latvian's game to predicting greatness for her future, here's how tennis writers reported Ostapenko's emergence as a new star of sport.
"She was—it was obvious—totally present on every shot, in a way that seems almost impossible. It was as though she were unaware of the occasion, unaware of her opponent’s preternatural ability to avoid mistakes, unaware of her own mounting errors. She was simply hitting the ball as hard as she could. She won because she was not afraid to lose." - Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker
"[I]n a few years' time, perhaps we will come to realize that rather than simply filling a void, this was the first of many major triumphs for Ostapenko." - Simon Cambers, ESPN.com
"[W]henever she absolutely had to have a point, Ostapenko found a way to connect. She finished with 54 winners and 54 errors, but the winners came when she needed them. Her shot selection was like The Simpsons’ description of alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems." - Steve Tignor, Tennis.com
"Ostapenko plays tennis like an adrenaline junkie... Her naivety is disconcerting for her opponents. Tennis is about the constant tension between risk and reward, but Ostapenko just keeps gambling." - Simon Briggs, The Telegraph
Ostapenko also received a heroine's welcome back home in Riga. "Well-wishers with flowers and musical accompaniment packed the terminal to congratulate the all-conquering 20-year-old after one of the most amazing victories in tennis history," reported Latvian state channel LSM - which also broadcast a live press conference in Latvian, Russian and English with her today.
Meanwhile, Latvian newspaper Diena published a gallery of the best pictures from Ostapenko's homecoming.
Meanwhile, Ostapenko's coach Anabel Medina Garrigues has provided an insight into her charge's nerves before the final - and how she calmed them - in a column for El Español (in Spanish). Medina Garrigues writes about how she sensed Ostapenko wanted to listen to music before the match rather than talk - so she encouraged the youngster to put on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's reggaeton hit 'Despacito' and demonstrate the moves her dance teacher had taught her. This, Medina Garrigues says, is when Ostapenko began to relax.