French Open 2020 - Sublime Iga Swiatek wins Roland Garros over Sofia Kenin in stunning triumph
Iga Swiatek became the first Pole to win a Grand Slam singles title as she beat Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in quite brilliant fashion to clinch the 2020 French Open crown. The 19-year-old put in a breathtaking performance as she downed the American in a convincing victory to take the spoils at Roland Garros and become the latest teenage champion in Paris.
Iga Swiatek of Poland lifts the Suzanne-Lenglen cup following victory in her Women's Singles Final against Sofia Kenin of The United States of America on day fourteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros
Ranked at number 54 in the world coming into the year's third and final Slam in Paris, Swiatek showed she was a serious threat by losing just three games against top seed Simona Halep in a huge fourth-round shock.
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But her performance in the final was even more impressive as she stormed past the doughty Australian Open champion Kenin in a nerveless and stunning display.
"It's crazy for me because I watch every year how Rafa lifts this trophy so it's crazy that I'm in the same place," Swiatek said in amusing fashion in her on-court interview.
The new tennis superstar from Warsaw remarkably did not drop a single set throughout the tournament and has become the youngest winner at Roland Garros since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 1992.
Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates after winning against Sofia Kenin of the US during their women's singles final tennis match on Day 14 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris
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Kenin looked off colour throughout as she won just three points in the opening three games in a slow start, and it never got much better as the ebullient Swiatek controlled the majority of the rallies.
The American had to receive off-court medical treatment on her left thigh after the third game of the second set, and it was at this point that the result appeared to not be in any doubt.
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But the fourth seed's fitness struggles on the day must take nothing away from her victorious opponent, who has confirmed her place as an established star at just 19 with a quite sensational all-round game.
In becoming the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, an emotional Swiatek recognised the impact she has had back home in inspiring a nation.
"I don't know what's going on," she said with a beaming smile. "I'm so happy. I'm so happy my family was here finally. I don't know. It was overwhelming for me.
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"Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam and now I'm here. It feels like such a short time. I'm just overwhelmed."
Swiatek is the youngest winner at Roland Garros since her favourite player, Rafael Nadal, triumphed in 2005. Also at the age of 19.