Iga Swiatek Steamrolls Sofia Kenin to Win the French Open
PARIS — Iga Swiatek, an unseeded teenager from Poland, received her first tour title on the French Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion and No. 4 seed at Roland Garros.
Swiatek, 19, the youngest girl to succeed in the French Open ultimate since 18-year-old Kim Clijsters in 2001, turned the primary man or girl from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title. She entered the event with a No. 54 world rating, a just lately acquired high-school diploma and a obscure plan to check her sport on the WTA Tour for what she described as a “hole 12 months” earlier than deciding whether or not she wished to proceed her training at a college.
College, it seems, must wait.
Throughout her coronation at Roland Garros, Swiatek didn’t drop a set, befuddling the likes of the women’s world No. 1 and former champion Simona Halep, whom she dispatched within the spherical of 16, along with her highly effective forehand and angled groundstrokes. She misplaced solely 28 video games all the event, and no more than five games in any match.
Within the ultimate, Swiatek took Kenin’s depth and raised her a degree, pounding 25 winners in opposition to 17 unforced errors. She wasn’t utterly impervious to nerves, squandering one set level whereas serving 5-3 within the first with a netted backhand on her technique to being damaged. However she broke Kenin again to safe the primary set in 48 minutes.
Kenin, 21, had performed all week along with her left leg taped, with the tape, just like the shadows from the low-hanging autumn solar — creeping throughout extra of her higher leg because the event went on. With Swiatek main by 2-1 and on serve within the second set, Kenin requested a medical timeout and left the courtroom to have her leg handled.
Kenin returned to the courtroom along with her leg closely wrapped and Swiatek, sensing her opening, reeled off the ultimate 4 video games in rapid-fire vogue to shut out the second set in 31 minutes.
Kenin completed with 10 winners and 23 unforced errors. She completed this disjointed Slam season with a 16-2 match report, with a fourth-round exit in the USA Open between her bookended journeys to the ultimate.
Swiatek, who bounced across the courtroom as if she had pogo sticks for legs, didn’t precisely come from nowhere; in 2018, she received the Wimbledon junior singles title and the French Open junior doubles title. However her rise right here left even her head spinning.
“I don’t know what’s occurring,” she mentioned throughout an on-court interview. Laughing, she continued, “I’m so completely satisfied.”
Swiatek added, “I’m simply overwhelmed.”