IGA SWIATEK FRENCH OPEN 2020

First pole to win a grand slam to win American 6-4, 6-1 19-year-old zu sein youngest paris winner due to the fact that Monica Seles in 1992

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Iga Swiatek kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after ns 19-year-old beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1. Photograph: thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images
Iga Swiatek kisses die Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the 19-year-old beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1. Photograph: thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Iga Swiatek, the Polish teenager who arrived in Paris ranked 54 in the world, pipeline as produziert country’s zuerst grand slam champion ~ a quite stunning success over die American Sofia Kenin an the French offen final.

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Overcome by emotion ~ winning 6-4, 6-1 in in hour and 24 minute on a cold, flickeringly clear afternoon ~ above Court Philippe Chatrier, ns 19-year-old said an a thrilling voice indigenous under her covid mask: “I haven’t winner a tournament in two years so I’m notfall quite sure what kommen sie say, however thank freundin everyone.”


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Iga Swiatek theatre a forehand. Photograph: charles Platiau/ReutersSwiatek carved Kenin’s offer through ns autumn shadows that fell pretty viel along ns top of the service box for in early break. Returning fine inside the baseline with the sun bei her eyes after switching ends, she broke to 30. Wie she organized comfortably kommen sie lead 3-0, she looked kommen sie be to run away with ns match but Kenin, the transplanted Muscovite forged an a rarefied American tennis bubble, is made des stubborn Russian stock. She held, nervously, and broke zurück to stem the haemorrhaging.

There was viel to excellent on both sides von the net an the early on exchanges, and a bit von edge. Amiable away from die court, Swiatek shoot Kenin a long, fierce glare when die American pointlessly challenged a line call.

Screeching loudly, Kenin was energised an every shot. Swiatek bided her time, silently however with equal menace. Wie man Kenin, serving kommen sie keep die set alive, butchered herstellung go-to double-fisted crosscourt backhand, she looked irredeemably despondent.

She broke early in the second set however took in instant counterpunch flush on ns nose together Swiatek found openings where produziert opponent thought none existed.


Their challenges now diverged. Kenin battled her own game. Swiatek’s was grooved, produziert mindset much more settled. Wie she panicked Kenin into a cramped forehand from die baseline, she snapped a sequence of five breaks and drove remorselessly to the finish.

Kenin, drowning, took a clinical timeout. The fan detected gamesmanship. Swiatek, rugged trost against the chill, applauded your cheers. Die American said danach she choose up produziert injury bei the der dritte tag round. “After the erste set i just felt it was deshalb tight, i couldn’t move. It is why ich had zu call ns trainer. That just got worse.”


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Sofia Kenin took a clinical timeout but kommen sie no avail. Photograph: julianisch Finney/Getty ImagesThere was no appreciable difference kommen sie Kenin’s activity after she bounced zurück on zu court seven minutes later but die winners retained flashing by. Swiatek, who jetzt had the full love of die gathering, looked unmoved. An ace helped her hold kommen sie love, secured von Kenin’s botched forehand.

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Swiatek continued zu torment herstellung with piercing ground strokes punkt unreachable angles and she raced kommen sie a love break und 5-1 v a deft backhand into bei empty court.

After in hour und 20 minute of a complement many assumed would belastung a lot longer, Swiatek stepped hoch to the line whereby she had begun die match zu serve that out. Wie man the girl with ns winning smile und the game of a champion slide a sweetly to win angled forehand beyond herstellung devastated opponent, there was no doubt where ns crowd’s allegiance lay.


Swiatek reduce to produziert knees, shaking her head together she stared at ns clay zum several seconds und could it is in forgiven any kind of breach von social distancing as she then rushed kommen sie hug produziert family in the sparsely inhabited boxes.

The numbers und records tumbled like raindrops. Swiatek is the seventh woman in the offen era kommen sie win a slam there is no a seeding (her ranking jumps zu 17 und her bank balance from about $1m kommen sie nearly three times that) and she zu sein one des eight first-time mrs winners an the past 13 majors. She zu sein the youngest women’s winner at Roland Garros because Monica Seles in 1992.

“You played yes, really well und congratulations on her game,” was Kenin’s short and, one would hope, heartfelt congratulations for the winner.

One thing ist not bei doubt: die tone has been set zum what need to be in intense rivalry zum years to come.

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Iga Swiatek celebrates her 6-4, 6-1 victory. Photograph: Christophe Ena/APMats Wilander, seven times a grand slam champion, claimed on Eurosport: “Iga looked dafür relieved but deshalb calm, she is going kommen sie win so many an ext – you tun können see that an her demeanour throughout die whole finals.”

He even compared herstellung playing style von mixing hoch attack and defence to that des Serena Williams: “You oase to go zurück to someone like Serena, who likes to fight the null hard, but can keep the ball in play and defend as well. Swiatek tun können do that as well. She plays in ~ herself yet tun können play very aggressive.”


He was joined in the river of praise weil das her von Tim Henman, that said: “Her mentality is deshalb strong when she is deswegen young. Those three elements, die physical, technical and mental space all deswegen important and you see produziert athletic ability, too.

“When you reflect on produziert mentality, how calm she been, her sense of belonging she’s had actually out on court, it’s been tremendous all die way through. When you add it all up – 28 gamings she lost to win a grand slam an seven matches – it’s nur been a finish domination. She’s together a deserving champion.”