She played really well in the very tough moments for her when I was up a set and 3-0. Her attitude clearly reflects in her style of play, an all out victor laden approach, not caring about the unforced errors leaking points.
"At some points I was like a spectator on the court", Halep said.
"When I was in Auckland I really wanted to jump from the tower but my mum really did not want me to do it because she felt it was kind of unsafe. We will see what is gonna be".
The Spaniard has won $14.4m from his French Open career - representing just under 20 per cent of his entire career earnings of $17.2m.
It was a match filled with wild momentum swings between two players displaying completely disparate styles: Ostapenko's grip-it-and-rip-it approach vs. Halep's more conservative keep-the-ball-in philosophy.
If he wins, Nadal will become only the second player, man or woman, to win 10 titles at the same major tournament.
"If I am having a really good day and I'm hitting really well, I think anything is possible", she said. "I have to say a star is born", Evert, working as pundit for broadcaster Eurosport said.
"I'm looking forward to Wimbledon because grass is one of my favorite surfaces", she said. A game later she sent a victor to the corner to square the match. The match ended with a come-from-behind victory for Ostapenko, who defeated Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
"I did ballroom dancing as well as tennis and I had to choose between them but I preferred tennis and I think that is my sport!" she smiled.
"Jelena won this match, Simona did not lose it", the Australian told reporters.
Ostapenko pushed for the break but Halep is a better defender than any of the Latvian's previous opponents and she withstood the pressure. "I just enjoy it so much".
"I've been sick in the stomach with emotion", Halep said.
It was her first career title as she became the lowest-ranked victor in Paris, taking the trophy in just her eighth major appearance.
Halep failed to climb atop the top place on WTA world rankings after suffering another defeat as she did in 2014. So it was a little bit of like emotional moment, but that's it.
"I want to congratulate Jelena. But I'm just going to try to work hard now and try to reach the high ranking".
Halep has had issues before with being too self-critical and coming down hard on herself, particularly during matches. She also faced a 3-1 deficit in the deciding third set before taking the last five games. Cahill is optimistic that won't be the case.
As for Ostapenko, she is not content to simply bask in the glory of becoming the first Latvian to conquer one of tennis' flagship tournaments. "It's an fantastic thing", Halep said in a gracious speech. "I think I'm going to only understand that in maybe couple of days or couple of weeks (smiling)". This is only the eighth major of her career. And Ostapenko was quick to admit that there is more improvement to come.