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Polish teenager wins at Roland Garros

By Roger Childs

The more experienced Sofia Kenin was expected to take out the French Open final. After all she had won the Australian Open earlier in the year and been a finalist in the recent US grand slam. She was ranked fourth for the tournament while her opponent, Iga Świątek, was unseeded. Bur the Pole had not dropped a set on her way to the final and had thrashed world number one, Simona Halep, 6-1 6-2 in the fourth round.

As it turned out Świątek showed no sign of nerves in her first grand slam final and won easily 6-4 6-1.

A quality match

Both players produced plenty of excellent tennis in the first set and there were many breaks of serve. The Pole raced out to a 3-0 lead, but then Kenin took the next three games. The American had her chances on the seventh game but a couple of loose shots allowed Świątek to regain the lead and go on to win the set. Both players served strongly and produced many excellent ground shots with superb placements. Kenin was getting more first serves in, however the Pole hit more winners. 

The American broke Świątek in the first game of the second set and the expected comeback looked on. But the Polish teenager broke straight back and never gave Kenin a look in after that. Świątek, despite her slim frame, was hitting the ball that much harder and mixed up her play with powerful down the line winners, placements deep in the corners and delicate drop shots.

It was a memorable victory to the 19 year old who couldn’t quite believe what she had done. Immediately after the match there were some lighter moments as Iga Świątek couldn’t find her way up into the stand to celebrate with her coach and family. Fortunately a helpful official showed her where the stairs were and the excited new champion was soon able to embrace the members of her team.