Iga Swiatek becomes the first Polish woman to win French Open title


Paris: Iga Swiatek scripted history by defeating Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1, at the French Open final, to become the first Polish woman to win the Grand Slam title, on Saturday (October 10).

The unseeded 19-year-old who did not drop a set throughout the tournament is the youngest winner since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 1992. She is also the first woman not to drop a set Justine Henin in 2007.

Four years ago, Swiatek beat Kenin 6-4, 7-5, in the third round of the French Open junior event. Kenin is the world No.6 while Swiatek is currently ranked 54.

“I’m so happy. I’m so happy my family was here finally. It was overwhelming for me,” said the champion, who is the lowest-ranked player to win the woman’s title since WTK ranking was introduced in 1975 at Roland Garros.

“It feels like such a short time. I’m just overwhelmed. Thanks for cheering it was such an amazing final. I was just mentally consistent, and I just wanted to play aggressive as in previous rounds. Today was really stressful for me so it was kind of hard.”

“Maybe it had to be that another underdog had to win a grand slam in women’s tennis right now. It’s crazy,” she added.


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