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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)

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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)

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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 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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French Open 2020 Women’s Final: Sofia Kenin vs. Iga Swiatek Predictions | Bleacher Report

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring a point against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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The most successful women’s tennis player at Grand Slams in 2020 has a chance to close out the major season with her second title Saturday.

Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin enters the women’s singles final as the more established player in comparison to 19-year-old Iga Swiatek. 

The roles were reversed for Kenin’s first Grand Slam final appearance, as she took down two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open. 

Kenin compiled a 15-1 record at the Australian, US and French Opens, but she is viewed as a slight underdog by the odds makers. 

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Swiatek is the favorite to take the women’s singles crown after she rolled through each of her matches in straight sets. 

Kenin has battled more on the Paris clay with four three-set victories, but she is coming off her most dominant performance in the semifinals over Petra Kvitova.

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French Open 2020: Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek Advance to Women’s Final | Bleacher Report

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. celebrates winning the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in two sets, 6-4, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Sofia Kenin is one win away from perhaps seizing the mantle as the new face of American women’s tennis.

Kenin advanced past Petra Kvitova in a competitive 6-4, 7-5 semifinals match Thursday at the 2020 French Open, reaching her second Slam final of the 2020 calendar year. The American moves on to play Iga Swiatek, who advanced earlier Thursday in her matchup against Nadia Podoroska.

Kenin took the most of the opportunities given to her by Kvitova, winning four of her five break-point chances. By contrast, Kvitova converted on only two of her 12 attempts and likely feels as if she left a golden opportunity for her third Slam title on the table.

Kenin won

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American Sofia Kenin to face teenager Iga Swiatek in French Open women’s final

Kenin will carry a 16-1 mark in Grand Slam action this season into Saturday’s championship match against Iga Swiatek of Poland.

“I’m going to be, like, an underdog,” said Swiatek, who is just 19. She’s ranked 54th. She’s never won a tour-level title. She’d never been past the fourth round at a Slam. And she’s been as dominant as can be so far at the French Open.

Swiatek became the lowest-ranked women’s finalist at Roland Garros since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975, advancing with her latest lopsided win, this one 6-2, 6-1 against Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska.

“It seems unreal. On one hand, I know that I can play great tennis. On the other hand, it’s kind of surprising for me. I never would have thought that I’m going to be in the final. It’s crazy,” Swiatek said. “I just kept believing in myself. It’s amazing for me.”

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Teen Iga Swiatek to meet Australian Open champ Sofia Kenin in French Open final

PARIS — Iga Swiatek is just 19. She’s ranked 54th. She’s never won a tour-level title. She’d never been past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament. And she’s as dominant as can be so far at the French Open.

Poland’s Swiatek became the lowest-ranked women’s finalist at Roland Garros since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975, advancing with her latest lopsided win, this one 6-2, 6-1 against Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska on Thursday.

Swiatek has won all 12 sets she’s played in the tournament and has dropped merely 23 games through a half-dozen matches.

When this 70-minute tour de force ended before a crowd in the hundreds at Court Philippe Chatrier — there was a daily limit on spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic — Swiatek asked for more noise, waving her arms and cupping a hand to her ear.

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek became the seventh
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2020 French Open, Iga Swiatek vs. Nadia Podoroska, Women’s Semifinals live stream, odds, TV channel, start time

The 2020 French Open Semifinals are here, today we’ll have two Women’s Semifinal matches. In the first women’s semifinal match we’ll have Iga Swiatek facing Nadia Podoroska then following that will be Sofia Kenin taking on Petra Kvitova.



Sofia Kenin with a racket


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Nadia Podoroska to meet Iga Swiatek in French Open women’s semifinals

No, she cannot understand Russian, she is Argentine with a surname passed down from immigrant great-grandparents.

Yes, she is aware she hails from the same city as Lionel Messi.

No, she hasn’t been pinching herself this past fortnight — this last answer coming after her request for a translation of the word “pinching.” A moderator began to explain in Spanish when the 23-year-old laughed and cut him off, grasping the gist of the question.

“No,” she said. “I don’t want to wake up.”

Podoroska’s dreamscape of a French Open continues Thursday, where she will be the just third woman since the Open era began in 1968 to play in the semifinals of any major tournament after coming through qualifying. There, she will face Iga Swiatek, a 19-year-old from Poland, in what has turned out to be a dichotomous women’s tournament at Roland Garros.

In one half of the draw, Podoroska

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