Jelena Ostapenko: The Dancing Queen Of Tennis

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Jeļena Ostapenko  is also known as Aļona Ostapenko. She was born on June 8 1997, in the Latvian capital city of Riga. She is now a professional tennis player for Latvia.  Until now, she has 5 WTA singles and 4 WTA doubles titles to her credit. 

She began playing tennis at the age of 5 and is coached by her mother full time, though she also trained with Anabel Medina Garrigues in 2017. She was then coached by David Taylor and Ana Ivanovic. This was followed by  Marion Bartoli in 2020 and then by Thomas Högstedt. 


Age 24
Height 1.77 mts
Nationality Latvian
Turned professional 2012
Career titles 4
Highest ranking (Singles) No. 5
Current ranking (Singles) No. 12
Social media profile Instagram @jelena.ostapenko

Twitter @JelenaOstapenk8

Personal Information and Relationships

  • Ostapenko was born in Riga to former footballer Jevgēnijs Ostapenko and Jeļena Jakovļeva.
  • Her father Jevgēnijs played professional football for FC Metalurh Zaporizhya in Ukraine.
  • Jeļena has one half-brother, Maksim, who lives in the United States.
  • She began playing tennis at the age of 5 while simultaneously also taking dance classes. She even competed in the National Latvian Championships for Ballroom Dancing but finally chose tennis at age 12.
  • Her first coach was her mother and though there have been other coaches over the years, her mother remains her constant.
  • When it comes to her playing style, Ostapenko is an all-court player, with a highly aggressive playing style. Due to this, she accumulates significant numbers of both winners and unforced errors.
  • The major weakness in Ostapenko’s game is her serve, which is highly inconsistent. Her first serve is powerful,  whilst her second serve is inconsistent.


  • In 2012, she played her first WTA qualifying at Moscow where she won one singles title and one doubles title on the ITF Circuit.
  • In 2014, Ostapenko won the singles event at the junior Wimbledon Championships and was ranked the No. 2 junior tennis player in the world in September 2014. She made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the Tashkent Open.
  • She won the ladies’ Neva Cup in 2015. She reached her first career WTA Tour final and ended the year ranked as no 79.
  • In 2016, Ostapenko made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics but She lost to Samantha Stosur in the first round.
  • At the Australian Open in 2017, she advanced to the third round of a major for the first time, losing to Karolína Plíšková in three sets.
  • She also reached her first grand slam semifinal in 2017 and was the first Latvian female player to do so and the first teenager in a decade to reach the French Open semifinals.
  • She became the first Latvian player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament and the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since 1933.
  • In 2018 at Indian Wells, she made her top 5 debut.
  • In 2019, won one WTA title at Luxembourg.
  • In 2021, she finished the year ranked No.28, her best year-end ranking since 2018; reached two singles finals in 2021 winning at Eastbourne and finishing as runner-up at Luxembourg and she also won her fourth doubles title in 2021

Prize Money Earnings

She has earned a total of around US$ 10,633,261 from her participation in different championships.

Endorsements and Sponsors

  • In 2022, Ostapenko started wearing Pironetic brand apparel which is by tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova, She was previously sponsored by Adidas.
  • Ostapenko has a racquet deal with Wilson. She uses the Wilson Blade 98 18x20v7 racquet.
  • Ostapenko became a Rolex ambassador in 2018.

Net Worth

Jelena’s total net worth as of today is 5 million US$. This is from the amount she collects as prize money and also from her endorsements.


  • Jelena credits her good coordination and skilled footwork in tennis to her years of dancing.
  • She speaks Latvian, Russian, and English.
  • Her legal name is Jeļena, but she is known to her family and friends as Aļona. She uses her legal name professionally in order to avoid administrative confusion.
  • Between 2016 and 2019, Ostapenko held the position of being the only player in recorded tennis history to have won a Grand Slam title but lost in the first round the three other times she had competed at the same tournament. Fortunately, however, this run finally ended in 2020, and she advanced to the second round after beating Madison Brengle
  • Serena Williams is her idol.
  • Enjoys spending time with parents and dog Juljeta, listening to music and going out with friends