Former French Open champion spoke about the former American tennis player, and revealed that she admires her for things that go beyond her titles:
"I think some girls are maybe too similar and they try to always be the same like the other ones. I think everyone has to be special, everyone has to be themselves. I love characters like Serena, such a big personality she is.
Even the way she dresses on the court. Sometimes she wears crazy outfits but it looks really good. Good on her, she knows how to impact people,"
"That makes me wanna leave everything on the court": Ostapenko on facing players she doesn't like
The Latvian won her first and only Grand Slam in 2017 at just 20 years old, and although she hasn't made it to the forefront of world tennis again, she is a dangerous player in every tournament she plays. Ostapenko hasn't broken into the top-10 again since 2018, but she has managed to win a few titles and spend most of her time in the top-25 in recent years.
The 25-year-old player believes that she has the level to play well in the majors and continue to achieve success. After wasting two match points in the round of 16 in Doha against Jessica Pegula, Ostapenko weighed in:
"As a player I feel more mature and more consistent this year. Like here in Doha, that I lost my singles and I felt I was a better player and had to win it, I’m learning more from this matches, you know? I started well this year, if I keep it up and work hard I think I can play well at the Grand Slams," world No. 14 said.