Roland Garros: Teenager Iga Swiatek wins French Open | France Information
The Polish teenager defeated Sofia Kenin 6: 4, 6: 1 to become the first Grand Slam title winner in their country.
Polish teenager Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin from the United States and has been the youngest female French Open champion for almost 30 years.
19-year-old Swiatek, at 54 the lowest-ranking woman to have won the Roland Garros title in modern times, beat her sixth-placed opponent 6: 4, 6: 1 on Saturday and won the first Grand Slam individual title their country.
“I do not know what’s up. It’s overwhelming for me, it’s crazy, ”said Swiatek after her triumph.
“Two years ago I won a Junior Grand Slam [at Wimbledon] And now I’m here It feels like such a short time. “
Swiatek is the youngest female French Open winner since Monica Seles won the trophy in 1992 when she was 18. She is the first teenage master since Iva Majoli in 1997.
“It’s crazy for me because I’ve seen Rafael Nadal win the trophy every year and now I’m in the same place,” she said, referring to the Spanish superstar who has won the French Open twelve times.
Swiatek is the youngest female French Open winner since Monica Seles won the trophy in 1992 when she was 18 [Susan Mullane/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters]Swiatek became just the second seedless Roland Garros champion in the Open era, joining Jelena Ostapenko, who took a shock title three years ago. She also became the ninth first-time main champion in the last 14 Grand Slams.
“It had to be that another underdog won a Grand Slam in women’s tennis. Right now it’s so often that it’s crazy, ”said Swiatek, who won her first Tour title in the process.
21-year-old Australian Open champion Kenin tried to become the first woman to win two slams in the same year since Angelique Kerber in 2016.
“I just want to congratulate Iga on a great tournament and a great game. You played really well, ”said Kenin.
Swiatek, whose only previous tour-level final took place in Lugano last year, dispelled any initial fear of nerves when she won 12 of the first 15 points and took a 3-0 lead.
Kenin fell back when Swiatek made a premature double mistake that allowed the American to reach 3-ail.
Swiatek, who made her way into the championship game with just 23 goals conceded in six rounds, secured a valuable foothold before Kenin lost her serve for the second time.
Swiatek served 5: 3 for the first set and threw a tame backhand into the net at the target value. Kenin immediately fell back and yanked back a blistered backhand.
Kenin’s resilience was a cornerstone of her success, but she cracked again to present Swiatek with two more set points at 4-5 and immediately pulled a backhand to give the Pole the opening set.
Kenin stopped to begin the second set. But an unwavering Swiatek responded to the following game and hit a backhand on the line to break again before easily advancing to 2-1.
Kenin then requested medical time out to receive extrajudicial treatment on her sticky left thigh, but she couldn’t slow her opponent’s swing when Swiatek went broke for the fifth time.
Swiatek won the next eight points to storm the top of the title 5-1 and secured a historic triumph with a strong forehand on her first match point.
“I was only mentally consistent. I just wanted to play aggressively like in the previous rounds. It was really stressful for me, so hard, ”said Swiatek, who will move up to 17th place on Monday.
“I don’t know what made the difference. I won the match point and that’s important enough. “
Swiatek became the second Roland Garros seedless women’s champion in the Open era [Charles Platiau/Reuters]