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Jeļena Ostapenko Coach: Meet Thomas Högstedt and Jeļena Jakovļeva

Jelena Ostapenko is a Latvian professional tennis player. She has career-high WTA rankings of world No. 5 in singles, achieved on 19 March 2018, and world No. 17 in doubles, reached on 2 March 2020.



Ostapenko became the first player from Latvia to win a Grand Slam singles competition and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933 when she triumphed in the 2017 French Open singles tournament.

Jeļena Ostapenko
Jeļena Ostapenko

Tennis player and member of the Fed Cup team, as well as her singles career. On the International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit, she has won seven singles and eight doubles titles. She also won the junior singles category at Wimbledon in 2014.




Ostapenko was born in Riga to Jevginijs Ostapenko (d. 2020), a former Ukrainian footballer, and Jeena Jakoveva. In the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia, where Jeena’s grandmother lives, Jevgnijs played professional football for FC Metalurh Zaporizhya.

He lives in the United States and is Jeena’s half-brother. She was introduced to tennis by her mother at the age of five and grew up admiring Serena Williams. Since then she’s competed in the National Latvian Ballroom Dancing Championships.

Jeļena Ostapenko Coach: Meet Thomas Högstedt and Jeļena Jakovļeva

Thomas Högstedt and Jeļena Jakovļeva are the coaches of Latvian professional tennis player Jelena Ostapenko. Högstedt won the 1981 US Open junior singles title, defeating West German Hans Schwaier in the final.

Thomas Hogsetedt is a Swedish tennis coach and former professional player. He is the former coach of Tommy Haas, Magnus Norman, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Simona Halep, Madison Keys and Johanna Konta.

Cincinnati, Basel and Bstad were all semi-finals for him the following year, and he beat emerging star Mats Wilander there.

On his sole Grand Prix appearance at Ferrera in 1983 he clinched the tournament title without losing a single set. In the same year, he made it all the way to the semifinals in Milan.



A semi-final appearance at the OTB Open in New York in 1987 and 1988 marked Högstedt’s only two career victories in the OTB Open.

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