World News – FI – Iga Swiatek rolls Sofia Kenin to win French Open


Swiatek became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title She did so without losing a set at Roland Garros, and no more than five games in a match

PARIS – Iga Swiatek, an unranked Polish teenager, won her first touring title at Roland Garros on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to defending Open champion Sofia Kenin Australia and No. 4 seed at Roland Garros

Swiatek, 19, the youngest woman to reach the Roland Garros final since Kim Clijsters, 18, in 2001, became the first Polish man or woman to win a Grand Slam singles title She entered into the tournament with a No. 54 world ranking, a recently acquired high school diploma and a vague plan to test her game on the WTA Tour for what she described as a “gap year” before deciding whether to continue his studies at a university

During her coronation at Roland Garros, Swiatek did not drop a set, confusing the tastes of the world of Women No 1 and former champion Simona Halep, whom she dispatched to the round of 16, with her powerful blow straight and tilted groundstrokes She only lost 28 games during the entire tournament, and no more than five games in a match

In the final, Swiatek took Kenin’s intensity and leveled it up, beating 25 winners against 17 unforced errors She wasn’t completely insensitive to nerves, wasting a set point while serving 5-3 in the first with a mesh backhand on the way to the break But she broke Kenin to secure the first set in 48 minutes

Kenin, 21, had been playing all week with his left leg taped, taped, like shadows from the low fall sun – crawling over more of his leg as the tournament went on With Swiatek leading by 2-1 and serving in the second set, Kenin called for a medical time out and left the pitch for leg treatment.

Kenin returned to the pitch with his leg heavily wrapped up and Swiatek, sensing his opening, threw the last four games in rapid fire mode to close the second set in 31 minutes

Kenin finished with 10 winners and 23 unforced errors.She finished this disjointed Slam season with a 16-2 record, with a fourth round outing at the U.S. Open between her booked trips until the final

Swiatek, who bounced off the court like she had pogo sticks for her legs, didn’t really come out of nowhere; in 2018 she won the Wimbledon junior singles title and the Roland-Garros junior doubles title But her rise here has even left her head spinning

« I don’t know what’s going on, » she said in a field interview. Laughing, she continued: « I’m so happy »

Iga Swiatek, Swiatek, Sofia Kenin

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