Jelena Ostapenko came into Roland Garros with some confidence, and that is showing plainly after her 6-4, 6-2 upset of No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. The 2017 Paris champion is looking more like her old self than in the past two years, when she lost in the first rounds.

"I think now I'm in a good form, and obviously these two matches I played really well," she told press. "Also couple of matches in Strasbourg I played well. Slowly getting back in this form and playing some matches in this rhythm again."

She skipped the New York swing and dropped her opener in Rome but in Strasbourg she picked up wins over Lauren Davis and Kiki Bertens.


But her renewed confidence doesn't mean her experience on court in Paris will be anything like in 2017, when she stormed to the title unseeded and barely 20 years old with a stunning upset of Simona Halep in the final.

"I was much younger and also I was fearless," the 23-year-old said. "Nobody knew me. But now it's a little bit different. I'm just trying to get back and get my consistency."

The world No. 43 has seriously moved on, even though her home club in Latvia named its indoor facility after her win and her trophy sits in a glass display there, though she says, "I'm going to look for it or check it like every day."

"Of course it's in my memory because it's the biggest win of my career so far, but I have to move forward and just, like, the world doesn't stop with winning only one Grand Slam," she said. "Of course, I want to achieve more and I want to be back in Top 5, Top 10. Step by step."

She'll play Paula Badosa next.

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