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Losses mount at French Connection, supermarket shopping boosts Tesco shares and Rolls-Royce falls

French Connection shop in Covent Garden. (Credit: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
French Connection shop in Covent Garden. Photo: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Losses mount at French Connection

Fashion chain French Connection (FCCN.L) saw a loss of £12.2m ($15.69m) in the six months to 31 July 2020, compared with a loss of £3.6m during the same period in 2019, according to a company statement released on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a “significant decline” in sales, forcing the business to shut down its stores from the end of March to mid-June, in line with UK government guidelines, it said.

This caused store sales to slump 57% to £10.1m in the six months to the end of July, compared to £23.8m in the same period last year.

“The timing of the COVID-19 outbreak has had a material impact on our

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The 1960s French Guide to Fall Fashion

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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Town & Country

Everyone looks to French fashion for outfit inspiration: it is one of its most famous (and enviable) exports. And Paris in the 1960s is hands down its golden age. Parisians of that decade truly mastered the covetable combination of elegance and a carefree attitude. Plus, name a more iconic era of fashion heavyweights: Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, and Catherine Deneuve. Whether you love vintage-inspired outfits or tend to be more modern, follow their lead for a fall French wardrobe with that certain je ne sais quoi.

Brigitte Bardot

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Photo credit: Keystone-France – Getty Images

The French woman who needs no introduction: Brigitte Bardot. As an actress, singer, and sex symbol, Brigitte had eyes on her wherever she went. Luckily, she had a keen sense of style and always looked effortless and poised, especially in menswear!

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
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Iga Swiatek vs. Sofia Kenin: Recap, Results from French Open 2020 Women’s Final | Bleacher Report

Poland's Iga Swiatek lifts the trophy after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

Iga Swiatek entered the French Open unseeded with no WTA singles titles on her resume after turning pro last year. 

Two weeks later, the 19-year-old Swiatek made history on Saturday with her 6-4, 6-1 win over Sofia Kenin in the women’s final. 

Swiatek never lost more than five games in any of her seven victories

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French Open 2020 Women’s Final: Early Predictions for Iga Swiatek in 2021 | Bleacher Report

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Iga Swiatek shocked the tennis world Saturday, as the 19-year-old native of Poland beat American Sofia Kenin in straight sets to win the 2020 French Open.

The win marked Swiatek’s first career Grand Slam title and also made her the first Polish player, regardless of gender, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Few could have seen Swiatek’s victory coming, as she had never before won a WTA singles title and had never advanced past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament before her performance at Roland Garros.

As seen in the following video, Swiatek left no doubt regarding her win, as she made easy work of Kenin, who won her first career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year:

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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.

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French Open 2020 Results: Women’s Final Score and Men’s Final Predictions | Bleacher Report

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Iga Swiatek became the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam title Saturday at the French Open.

The unseeded 19-year-old completed her dominant run at Roland Garros by sweeping Sofia Kenin in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. 

Swiatek reeled off six straight game victories in the second set to beat her third seeded opponent during her perfect two-week run at Roland Garros. Her first triumph was over 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova, and she eliminated 2018 champion Simona Halep in the fourth round. 

The only area in which Swiatek struggled Saturday was on first-serve. She put just over half of her first serves in play, but she was able to convert

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2020 French Open women’s final: Four thoughts on tournament

The 2020 French Open delivered a first-time winner who dominated the tournament. The breakout performance highlights my four thoughts from the women’s final.

• There are breakthroughs and then there are raids. At the 2020 French Open, we got an example of the latter. Ranked outside the top 50 and without a pro title in her brief career, Iga Swiatek came to Paris and blazed through the draw, dropping no sets. The 19-year-old Pole completed her unlikely assault on the field Saturday afternoon with a poised dismantling 6-4, 6-1 over American’s Sofia Kenin the final. In the biggest match of her life, she sustained her level, marrying courtcraft with unanswerable power and rolling over an opponent. 

Swiatek becomes the first Polish player—male or female—to win a major. She becomes the first player ranked outside the top 50 to win this event. (She will be inside the

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French Open 2020: Women’s Final Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction | Bleacher Report

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Michel Euler/Associated Press

The newest star in women’s tennis finished off her dominant run at the French Open with a straight-set win in the women’s singles final. 

Iga Swiatek became the first Polish woman to win a Grand Slam title by defeating Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 6-1 inside Court Philippe-Chartrier Saturday. 

Swiatek was tested for parts of the first set by the 21-year-old American, but she faced little difficulty while closing out the victory in the second set. 

The 19-year-old became the first woman to win the French Open without dropping a set since Justine Henin in 2007, per WTA Insider: 

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French Open women’s final LIVE: Iga Swiatek v Sofia Kenin – radio & text – Live

French Open women’s final LIVE: Iga Swiatek v Sofia Kenin – radio & text – Live – BBC Sport

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Stream French Open Women’s Final

Watch Swiatek vs Kenin Live Here: Sofia Kenin takes on unseeded Pole Iga Swiatek in the Roland Garros final as she looks to add to her Australian Open title.

Number four seed Kenin has been impressive in the tournament so far and made a big statement by overcoming Petra Kvitova in the semi-final.

The Roland Garros 2020 final will be the first time that the two will face each other. Although, they faced each other in the Roland Garros 2016 at the junior level, where Iga Swiatek defeated Sofia Kenin in straight sets.

When is the Roland Garros Women’s Final?

Women’s Final will be held on Saturday, October 10.

It will commence at 2pm UK time – 3pm in France.

Swiatek and Kenin will face off on Philippe Chatrier Court.

How can I watch Swiatek vs Kenin live?

Swiatek vs Kenin is live on ITV4, and Eurosport.

To watch live

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