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French Open women’s final: Iga Swiatek upsets Sofia Kenin in straight sets

Swiatek, who had never won even a lower-level title on the WTA tour, did so in characteristic fashion, which is to say, she was so calm it was hard to tell she was competing in a Grand Slam final at all.

The teenager didn’t lose more than five games in a single set throughout her seven matches at the French Open, making her the first woman since Justin Henin in 2007 to capture the title without dropping a set. She was the lowest-ranked woman to ever reach a final at Roland Garros.

She is also the tournament’s youngest champion, male or female, since her idol Rafael Nadal won his first French Open crown in 2005.

Swiatek relied on her powerful groundstrokes and preternatural composure throughout the two weeks — both helped her conquer the 2018 champion Simona Halep in the fourth round — and she relied on both again Saturday. She took an early 3-0 lead in the first set as Kenin’s forehand repeatedly let her down, and broke Kenin to take the set in 53 minutes.

The second set was even simpler.

Leading 2-1, Kenin left the court on a medical timeout to receive new tape on her left thigh. Swiatek stayed loose and focused, hitting practice serves in the meantime, then broke Kenin when play resumed. When she won on a forehand winner, Swiatek covered her mouth in disbelief then ran through the stands to hug almost every single member of her team in her players box.

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