As Swiatek stood on the podium on Court Philippe Chatrier with the Polish national anthem playing through the speakers, tennis crowned its newest star. 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. ET in the 2020 French Open … Iga Swiatek voted the ‘Most Improved’ WTA player in 2020. The tweets and praise were immediate on social media. When Kenin, serving to keep the set alive, butchered her go-to double-fisted crosscourt backhand, she looked irredeemably despondent. She is aware of she belongs. 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. 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. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) Short Url She might have been surprised by the day's outcome, but few else in Paris were. 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. “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. Swiatek can do that as well. It’s crazy. It just got worse.”. The … Simona Halep of Romania shakes hands with Iga Swiatek of Poland . "I know that there are no limits. Iga Swiatek on winning 2020 French Open. 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. Screeching loudly, Kenin was energised in every shot. When she panicked Kenin into a cramped forehand from the baseline, she snapped a sequence of five breaks and drove remorselessly to the finish. The American said later she picked up her injury in the third round. Kenin, known for her tenacity and grit on the court, fought back as she often does, storming back to take the next three games. She held, nervously, and broke back to stem the haemorrhaging. Swiatek said she hopes to attend but said during a postmatch interview that she wasn't sure whether she could get a ticket. Her life is forever changed, but she is far from content. "I know my game isn't developed perfectly," she said. Unseeded and unheralded, Swiatek arrived in Paris ranked No. 54 in the world. Last modified on Sun 11 Oct 2020 16.01 BST. "A joy to watch -- makes it look so easy," wrote two-time US Open victor Tracy Austin. 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. All rights reserved. Their challenges now diverged. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. The numbers and records tumbled like raindrops. 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. 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 … Swiatek, rugged up against the chill, applauded their cheers. Kenin battled her own game. 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 French Open 2020: Teenage Iga Swiatek to play her first Major final vs Australian champion Kenin Swiatek, who beat top seed Halep in Round 4, has reached just one WTA final before There was much to admire on both sides of the net in the early exchanges, as well as a bit of edge. 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. 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. That's why we have so many new Grand Slam winners because we are not, like, as consistent as Rafa, Roger [Federer] and Novak. An ace helped her hold to love, secured by Kenin’s botched forehand. Nadal will play for his 13th French Open title and record-tying 20th major trophy on Sunday against Novak Djokovic. 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. I didn't really care if I'm going to lose or win. She came to Paris as somewhat of an unknown but leaves as an immediate contender in any tournament she enters. "I'm going to think about my future goals later. What was not in dispute was that character would be the determining factor. 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. Last updated on 4 October 2020 4 October 2020. Hard-nosed cynics pointed to the tough American’s triumph in Melbourne and her progress to the fourth round here in 2019. 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. Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek meet for the first time Saturday on the WTA Tour, and the stakes couldn't be higher. "Also, I think the biggest change for me is going to be to be consistent. But she wasn't thinking about any of that after Saturday's victory. "For sure it's inspiring," she said. Polish teenager Swiatek emerged as one of the star turns of a … She never dropped a set during the tournament and conceded just 28 games -- the fifth fewest ever by a winner at the French Open. Iga Swiatek’s award is based on her impressive run to the French Open title. 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. Swiatek, who now had the full love of the gathering, looked unmoved. 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. "I focused on technique and tactics. 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. You believe in things, but in the back of your head you know that there's going to be a huge amount of work that you have to do to win that. She added later: “I need to go back home now, see what’s going on in Poland. Iga Świątek is a Polish professional tennis player. "She dictated really well with her forehand, especially in the first set. "It's incredible.". 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. On her "off" days, she dominated on the doubles court with American Nicole Melichar. She was openly questioning how long she would be playing on tour and discussing potentially attending university just weeks ago. French Open champion Iga Swiatek set to become one of the faces of tennis in 2021. The daughter of an Olympic rower, Swiatek initially started in swimming but moved over to tennis after her older sister started playing. Swiatek carved Kenin’s serve through the autumn shadows that fell pretty much along the top of the service box for an early break. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Poland’s tennis sensation Iga Swiatek said that reaching the French Open 2020 final was a dream come true after triumphing over Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska in straight-sets. Sat 10 Oct 2020 15.46 BST 00:03:05, 10 views, 04/10/2020 at … "I feel like she served really well," a disappointed Kenin said. 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. That’s why I had to call the trainer. 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. 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. "That's why my goal is going to be to be consistent. 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. 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. Two years later, she's a Grand Slam champion -- a feat she called "overwhelming" and "crazy" when addressing the crowd immediately after the win. She plays within herself yet can play very aggressive.”. French Open 2020 | All the numbers behind Iga Swiatek's maiden Grand Slam haul It has indeed been a story to tell for Swiatek. 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 … Those three elements, the physical, technical and mental are all so important and you see her athletic ability, too. Kenin, drowning, took a medical timeout. He gave us everything.”, It was the sort of unaffected, charming response that has captivated the small on-site audiences at Roland Garros for two weeks and won a much larger one beyond. From the section Tennis. 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. Naomi Osaka on raising awareness for racial injustice with her masks. 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. ", Chris Evert, an 18-time major winner, said: "What a sterling two weeks of brilliant tennis. "Well, on one hand it's pretty inspiring. 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. French Open 2020: Simona Halep stunned by Iga Swiatek in fourth round. 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. 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. "So really, I think the main key was just keeping my expectations low.". 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. 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. One thing is not in doubt: the tone has been set for what should be an intense rivalry for years to come. Amiable away from the court, Swiatek shot Kenin a long, fierce glare when the American pointlessly challenged a line call. 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. Swiatek continued to torment her with piercing ground strokes at unreachable angles and she raced to a love break and 5-1 with a deft backhand into an empty court. It's going to be really hard to achieve that.". "More Majors ahead!! 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. 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. In the fourth round, Swiatek dismantled 2018 champion and top-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2. Kevin Palmer. Swiatek bided her time, silently but with equal menace. There were questions about Swiatek's nerves entering the biggest match of her career. She credited their play together for improving her game. Iga Swiatek in action during the final against Sofia Kenin at the 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Oct. 10, 2020. Here is a preview of their upcoming match, as well as one key to success for each player. 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 … Today was really stressful for me, so it was hard.”. Right now when I'm here, and I'm a Grand Slam champion, it's crazy. New French Open champion Iga Swiatek, age 19, at the Roland Garros trophy ceremony #getty pic.twitter.com/3G524Jo3S7 — Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) October 10, … Even though you're really young and you're an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis. 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. 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 … 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 … That laid-back, no-pressure attitude proved effective. A few shots here and there just didn't go my way. She upset Marketa Vondrousova, a 2019 finalist at Roland Garros, in her opener. Remembering the Original 9, the pioneers of women's tennis. 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. 17 in the world, and is the highest-ranked teenager in women's singles. 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 … Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin are set to face off in the 2020 French Open final. I have to say that I would’ve never predicted the 2020 French Open women’s singles final. Returning well inside the baseline with the sun in her eyes after switching ends, she broke to 30. Then after two weeks of great playing, you already have it. Moments later, the 19-year-old hit a forehand winner to the corner and crouched to the ground in disbelief. It is hard to argue -- she won six of her seven net points in the final. Many, many more GS titles to come.". “After the first set I just felt it was so tight, I couldn’t move. The 19-year-old played Roland Garros ranked No.54, while the title ascended her to a career-high of No.17, where … 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. I tried to get rid of expectations, you know, just play one ball after another. It's just -- I don't know -- overwhelming.". Simona Halep leads the head-to-head against Iga Swiatek 1-0. Swiatek’s was grooved, her mindset more settled. I don’t think anyone expected to see Iga Swiatek as her opponent, though. She had never advanced past the fourth round of a major or won a title of any kind on the WTA Tour. She’s such a deserving champion.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers. 17 in Monday's rankings. Despite her lack of experience, Swiatek was the betting favorite entering Saturday's championship match. 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. She was the champion at the 2020 French Open and is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title in history. She worked closely with a sports psychologist during the past two years, and her mental strength was as impressive as her talent. 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. She played some great tennis.". 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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. During the breaks, Swiatek sat in her chair and closed her eyes, meditating and saying affirmations to herself. The women’s final at the French Open is set. As Kenin vocally expressed her frustration and tossed her racket throughout the match, Swiatek remained calm. 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. 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. 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. She had breezed past every opponent with discipline, sometimes frightening power and no little style, while Kenin had had to survive four three-setters. The fans detected gamesmanship. 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. French Open could reschedule again, with support from tours 01/11/2020 AT 22:27 Back in Iga Swiatek’s home city of Warsaw, the Parisian courts have been rebranded Poland Garros in the media. 117. Swiatek more than doubled her career earnings during her stint in Paris thanks to the $1.89 million paycheck and is expected to rise to No. I think this is what women's tennis is struggling with. "Right now I'm just going to, you know, enjoy the moment," she said. "I just did everything I've done in the previous rounds," Swiatek said. 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. 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 … She silenced those quickly, winning 12 of the first 18 points, and blasted out to a 3-0 lead in just eight minutes. 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. "The way she's playing right now, it would be hard to imagine she wouldn't win half a dozen majors," said the men's tennis legend. Sentiment and the smart money were always with Swiatek. Swiatek rolled through the tournament with steely resolve and clinical technique. They'll duel at 9 a.m.