"A joy to watch -- makes it look so easy," wrote two-time US Open victor Tracy Austin. ", Chris Evert, an 18-time major winner, said: "What a sterling two weeks of brilliant tennis. The pair had never played together before Paris but advanced to the women's doubles semifinals before losing in a three-set battle on Friday. I have to say that I would’ve never predicted the 2020 French Open women’s singles final. Overcome by emotion after winning 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 24 minutes on a cold, flickeringly sunny afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier, the 19-year-old said in a trembling voice from under her coronavirus mask: “I haven’t won a tournament in two years so I’m not quite sure what to say, but thank you everyone.”, In the immediate aftermath, she said: “I’m so happy that my family was here, finally. When you add it all up – 28 games she lost to win a grand slam in seven matches – it’s just been a complete domination. They'll duel at 9 a.m. Then after two weeks of great playing, you already have it. Sports journalists from across the world voted for the title and the 19-year-old Pole topped the tally to emerge as the most improved player in the women’s game. Sports Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won her maiden Grand Slam after beating Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the 2020 French Open final at Roland Garros. Unseeded and unheralded, Swiatek arrived in Paris ranked No. Well-liked by her peers and fans for her easygoing personality and eclectic -- and much-talked about -- taste in music, Swiatek has the makings of a superstar and the game to support it. As an unseeded player, the Pole dominated all her opponents, including 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova, 2018 champion Simona Halep and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. She broke early in the second set but took an instant counterpunch flush on the nose as Swiatek found openings where her opponent thought none existed. 00:03:05, 10 views, 04/10/2020 at … Polish teenager Swiatek emerged as one of the star turns of a … Swiatek had won the final six games of the match to earn her first Grand Slam title 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 24 minutes over Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion. When Kenin, serving to keep the set alive, butchered her go-to double-fisted crosscourt backhand, she looked irredeemably despondent. French Open 2020: Iga Swiatek becomes first Polish woman to make Roland Garros final Qualifier Nadia Podoroska was no match for Iga Swiatek, who became the … 17 in Monday's rankings. The tweets and praise were immediate on social media. It’s crazy. There was much to admire on both sides of the net in the early exchanges, as well as a bit of edge. She said seeing the bevy of other young players like Kenin, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and her friend and three-time major winner Naomi Osaka helped fuel her belief that she could do it too. After an hour and 20 minutes of a match many thought would last a lot longer, Swiatek stepped up to the line where she had begun the match to serve it out. I’m just overwhelmed.”, Asked about the influence of her father, Tomasz, a former Olympic rower, she blushed, turning towards him in the stands, and said: “He taught me how to be a professional. In the fourth round, Swiatek dismantled 2018 champion and top-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2. Iga Swiatek dalam perjalanan memenangkan gelar French Open 2020 Berita Tenis: Meskipun musim 2020 tidak berjalan sesuai dengan harapan banyak orang, salah satu mimpi besar petenis berkebangsaan Polandia, Iga Swiatek malah terwujud. Kevin Palmer; December 12, 2020 ; French Open champion Iga Swiatek is set to become one of the new faces of tennis in 2021, with his clothing sponsor ASICS eager to make her the star of their tennis branding in the New Year. Swiatek carved Kenin’s serve through the autumn shadows that fell pretty much along the top of the service box for an early break. On her "off" days, she dominated on the doubles court with American Nicole Melichar. I think this is what women's tennis is struggling with. Iga Swiatek’s award is based on her impressive run to the French Open title. What was not in dispute was that character would be the determining factor. Simona Halep of Romania shakes hands with Iga Swiatek of Poland . An ace helped her hold to love, secured by Kenin’s botched forehand. Despite her lack of experience, Swiatek was the betting favorite entering Saturday's championship match. "For sure it's inspiring," she said. She came to Paris as somewhat of an unknown but leaves as an immediate contender in any tournament she enters. The French Open will have a new women's champion after American Sofia Kenin faces Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in Saturday's final in Paris. She shrugged with a wide smile, expressing her disbelief after becoming the first Polish singles player to win a major championship, and ran into the stands -- getting lost more than once in the unfamiliar stadium -- to hug her family and team. But she wasn't thinking about any of that after Saturday's victory. She’s such a deserving champion.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Moments later, the 19-year-old hit a forehand winner to the corner and crouched to the ground in disbelief. "That's why my goal is going to be to be consistent. It is hard to argue -- she won six of her seven net points in the final. She had breezed past every opponent with discipline, sometimes frightening power and no little style, while Kenin had had to survive four three-setters. When Kenin left the court for a medical timeout due to a left leg injury at 2-1 in the second set, Swiatek remained on the court and practiced her serve. That's why we have so many new Grand Slam winners because we are not, like, as consistent as Rafa, Roger [Federer] and Novak. Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek meet for the first time Saturday on the WTA Tour, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Iga Świątek is a Polish professional tennis player. She is the youngest women’s winner at Roland Garros since Monica Seles in 1992. “You played really well and congratulations on your game,” was Kenin’s short and, one would hope, heartfelt congratulations for the winner. First Pole to win a grand slam beats American 6-4, 6-1, 19-year-old is youngest Paris winner since Monica Seles in 1992. Swiatek, who now had the full love of the gathering, looked unmoved. Naomi Osaka on raising awareness for racial injustice with her masks. Remembering the Original 9, the pioneers of women's tennis. "It's incredible.". "Right now I'm just going to, you know, enjoy the moment," she said. With her French Open title, she also became the youngest singles champion at the tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005, and the youngest women's singles champion since Monica Seles in 1992. French Open 2020 highlights - See how Iga Swiatek produced the shock of the tournament when beating top seed Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals. Back in Iga Swiatek’s home city of Warsaw, the Parisian courts have been rebranded Poland Garros in the media. Right now when I'm here, and I'm a Grand Slam champion, it's crazy. Nadal will play for his 13th French Open title and record-tying 20th major trophy on Sunday against Novak Djokovic. Swiatek bided her time, silently but with equal menace. I know it’s going to be crazy.”, Swiatek ignored the distraction of her opponent’s injury break in the second set and said: “I was just mentally consistent. 19-year-old Iga Swiatek became the first Polish woman to reach the French Open final after she defeated Nadia Podoroska in the semifinals of the French Open 2020.Swiatek is ranked 54th right now and is slated to make huge gains in the WTA rankings next week owing to her unreal run at the French Open 2020. I tried to get rid of expectations, you know, just play one ball after another. New French Open champion Iga Swiatek, age 19, at the Roland Garros trophy ceremony #getty pic.twitter.com/3G524Jo3S7 — Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) October 10, … It’s hard to describe, but he raised me in that way, so I feel pretty confident on court and … sorry, it’s hard to keep my thoughts together. “After the first set I just felt it was so tight, I couldn’t move. Screeching loudly, Kenin was energised in every shot. She might have been surprised by the day's outcome, but few else in Paris were. She grew up playing on clay and won the French Open junior doubles title with American Caty McNally in 2018, as well as the Wimbledon girls' singles title the following month. Iga Swiatek French Open title... - 2nd unseeded Women's Champ at RG - 1st player since 2007 (Henin) to not drop a set at RG - More than doubles career earnings ($1.1 … Swiatek said she hopes to attend but said during a postmatch interview that she wasn't sure whether she could get a ticket. One thing is not in doubt: the tone has been set for what should be an intense rivalry for years to come. Iga Swiatek voted the ‘Most Improved’ WTA player in 2020. Kenin, drowning, took a medical timeout. Those three elements, the physical, technical and mental are all so important and you see her athletic ability, too. French Open 2020 | All the numbers behind Iga Swiatek's maiden Grand Slam haul It has indeed been a story to tell for Swiatek. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) Short Url She is aware of she belongs. At the age of just 19, Iga Swiatek announced herself as the new superstar in tennis as she beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets to win the 2020 French Open. Kenin, known for her tenacity and grit on the court, fought back as she often does, storming back to take the next three games. Kevin Palmer. The women’s final at the French Open is set. "I just did everything I've done in the previous rounds," Swiatek said. While the disruption might have unfocused other players, and was questioned by the broadcast team, Swiatek needed just 12 more minutes of play to close out the match. Iga Swiatek on winning 2020 French Open. She had never advanced past the fourth round of a major or won a title of any kind on the WTA Tour. When the girl with the winning smile and the game of a champion slid a sweetly struck angled forehand beyond her devastated opponent, there was no doubt where the crowd’s allegiance lay. During the breaks, Swiatek sat in her chair and closed her eyes, meditating and saying affirmations to herself. I didn't really care if I'm going to lose or win. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. "Also, I think the biggest change for me is going to be to be consistent. "I focused on technique and tactics. Swiatek can do that as well. Many, many more GS titles to come.". She was openly questioning how long she would be playing on tour and discussing potentially attending university just weeks ago. She upset Marketa Vondrousova, a 2019 finalist at Roland Garros, in her opener. "Well, on one hand it's pretty inspiring. Kenin battled her own game. P olish teenager Iga Swiatek became the youngest player to reach the French Open women's final in 19 years when she crushed Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6 … Mats Wilander, seven times a grand slam champion, said on Eurosport: “Iga looked so relieved but also calm, she is going to win so many more – you can see that in her demeanour throughout the whole finals.”, He even compared her playing style of mixing up attack and defence to that of Serena Williams: “You have to go back to someone like Serena, who likes to hit the ball hard, but can keep the ball in play and defend as well. French Open 2020 final highlights: Iga Swiatek stuns Sofia Kenin Nineteen-year-old Iga Swiatek defeated Sofia Kenin in straight sets at Roland-Garros, becoming the first-ever Grand Slam singles champion from Poland. Two years later, she's a Grand Slam champion -- a feat she called "overwhelming" and "crazy" when addressing the crowd immediately after the win. Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin are set to face off in the 2020 French Open final. As Swiatek stood on the podium on Court Philippe Chatrier with the Polish national anthem playing through the speakers, tennis crowned its newest star. “When you reflect on her mentality, how calm she’s been, her sense of belonging she’s had out on court, it’s been incredible all the way through. 54 in the world. That laid-back, no-pressure attitude proved effective. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. There were questions about Swiatek's nerves entering the biggest match of her career. The numbers and records tumbled like raindrops. Today was really stressful for me, so it was hard.”. Iga Swiatek, the Polish teenager who arrived in Paris ranked 54 in the world, leaves as her country’s first grand slam champion after a quite stunning victory over the American Sofia Kenin in the French Open final. It just got worse.”. ET in the 2020 French Open … The … "I know my game isn't developed perfectly," she said. From the section Tennis. 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Breakthrough 2020 French Open title just the beginning for Iga Swiatek Iga Swiatek, 19, makes history in Paris, becoming the first Polish player to win a … Swiatek, who finished her high school studies during tennis' suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, became the youngest winner at Roland Garros since Rafael Nadal, her hero, in 2005. As Kenin vocally expressed her frustration and tossed her racket throughout the match, Swiatek remained calm. The daughter of an Olympic rower, Swiatek initially started in swimming but moved over to tennis after her older sister started playing. Swiatek dropped to her knees, shaking her head as she stared at the clay for several seconds and could be forgiven any breach of social distancing as she then rushed to hug her family in the sparsely populated boxes. Swiatek rolled through the tournament with steely resolve and clinical technique. All rights reserved. "So really, I think the main key was just keeping my expectations low.". French Open could reschedule again, with support from tours 01/11/2020 AT 22:27 A few shots here and there just didn't go my way. Even though you're really young and you're an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis. Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player to win a grand slam singles title when she beat Sofia Kenin, the fourth seed, 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final In the middle of Iga Swiatek's blistering second set against Sofia Kenin in the French Open women's final on Saturday, NBC commentator John McEnroe made a bold prediction. She held, nervously, and broke back to stem the haemorrhaging. She never dropped a set during the tournament and conceded just 28 games -- the fifth fewest ever by a winner at the French Open. Last updated on 4 October 2020 4 October 2020. Here is a preview of their upcoming match, as well as one key to success for each player. Sentiment and the smart money were always with Swiatek. "I know that there are no limits. The fans detected gamesmanship. Swiatek’s was grooved, her mindset more settled. 117. "I'm going to think about my future goals later. She played some great tennis.". Swiatek is the seventh woman in the Open era to win a slam without a seeding (her ranking jumps to 17 and her bank balance from about $1m to nearly three times that) and she is one of eight first-time female winners in the past 13 majors. There was no appreciable difference to Kenin’s movement after she bounced back on to court seven minutes later but the winners kept flashing by. Returning well inside the baseline with the sun in her eyes after switching ends, she broke to 30. When she panicked Kenin into a cramped forehand from the baseline, she snapped a sequence of five breaks and drove remorselessly to the finish. "I feel like she served really well," a disappointed Kenin said. She was the champion at the 2020 French Open and is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title in history. Her life is forever changed, but she is far from content. It's going to be really hard to achieve that.". It's just -- I don't know -- overwhelming.". Team Sportstar Last Updated: 10 October, 2020 20:43 IST Iga Swiatek of Poland kisses the Suzanne-Lenglen cup following her victory against Sofia Kenin in the Women's … Unseeded Swiatek, who was ranked 54th at the start of the tournament, is the youngest woman to win the French Open since Monica Seles in 1992 … Sofia Kenin won the Australian Open at the start of the year, so her presence in the last match in Paris is not a complete shocker. The 19-year-old teenage sensation, Iga Swiatek, is on an absolute tear so far over the last two weeks and has yet to drop a set. Last modified on Sun 11 Oct 2020 16.01 BST. The 19-year-old played Roland Garros ranked No.54, while the title ascended her to a career-high of No.17, where … Hard-nosed cynics pointed to the tough American’s triumph in Melbourne and her progress to the fourth round here in 2019. When she held comfortably to lead 3-0, she looked to be running away with the match but Kenin, the transplanted Muscovite forged in a rarefied American tennis bubble, is made of stubborn Russian stock. She credited their play together for improving her game. Amiable away from the court, Swiatek shot Kenin a long, fierce glare when the American pointlessly challenged a line call. Iga Swiatek’s surname may be as tough for some to pronounce as her depraved forehand is to learn, however the Polish teenager has moved into the final of the 2020 French Open towards Sofia Kenin with the acquainted ease of reserving a desk on the Ritz. "More Majors ahead!! Swiatek, rugged up against the chill, applauded their cheers. She worked closely with a sports psychologist during the past two years, and her mental strength was as impressive as her talent. Iga Swiatek became the first woman to win the French Open without ceding a set since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first teen to win the women's title … She plays within herself yet can play very aggressive.”. In women's tennis, there have been several first-time major champions over the past few years, including Kenin, but few have been as convincing and destined for more. Sometimes I caught myself visualizing that I'm also winning a Grand Slam, but on the other hand it was also, like, really far away. French Open champion Iga Swiatek set to become one of the faces of tennis in 2021. She added later: “I need to go back home now, see what’s going on in Poland. Sat 10 Oct 2020 15.46 BST He was joined in the river of praise for her by Tim Henman, who said: “Her mentality is so strong when she is so young. That’s why I had to call the trainer.