Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam Singles title on Saturday as she defeated the American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in the French Open final. With is victory, the Polish teenager Swiatek has become the youngest women’s French Open winner since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup 28 years ago in 1992. ALSO READ | RCB vs CSK, IPL 2020: Virat Kohli Heroics, Bowlers Helps Bangalore Get A Convincing 37-Run Win Over Chennai At Dubai
World number 54, the lowest-ranked player to capture the Roland Garros title, Swiatek will now rise to 17th in the world after her victory. It is pertinent to mention that she eclipsed the run of compatriot Jadwiga Jedrzejowska who is considered the most outstanding Polish player of the interwar period. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska has finished runner-up at Roland Garros in 1939.
As quoted by Reuters, Swiatek after claiming the historic win said, “I’m so happy. I’m so happy my family was here finally. It was overwhelming for me.” She went o to say that, “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 raced into a 3-0 lead for the loss of just three points. Indeed she is the player not to drop a set en route to the women’s title. Swiatek with a fire dispelled any initial fear of nerves and bagged 12 of the first 15 points against Australian Open champion Kenin, who had aimed to become the first woman to capture two Slams in the same year.
Returning with the habit of fighting through tough situations, Kenin broke back when Swiatek served an untimely double fault. This allowed Kenin to level at 3-all. However, this couldn’t continue as the Polish teen secured a precious hold before Kenin lost her serve for the second time.
Further in the game, the sixth-ranked Kenin broke to begin the second set but Swiatek responded by smacking a backhand down the line. With this, she easily secured 2-1 up. Swiatek went on to win the next eight points and in turn, securing a historic triumph.