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Commodores Women’s Tennis Open 2020 Fall Slate Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Led by a first collegiate victory from Holly Staff, Vanderbilt opened its 2020 fall slate Friday with a round of singles and two rounds of doubles in the Music City Scramble.

“Overall I was really pleased with the way our team competed in both singles and doubles,” said head coach Aleke Tsoubanos. “We have a ways to go but this being our first competition in several months, I’m optimistic about the growth of this team.

“In singles I thought Marcella Cruz played a really clean, disciplined match with Auburn this morning. Holly Staff had a very competitive match with a veteran in Auburn’s Taylor Russo, found herself down 5-2 in the third set and was able to fight back and pull out five straight games for a very impressive win. Emma Kurtz bounced back after a three-set loss and really played some of the best tennis I’ve

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French Open 2020: Women’s Final Schedule, Prediction and Prize Money | Bleacher Report

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot 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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Sofia Kenin is the third different American woman to reach the French Open final in the last five years. 

On Saturday, the No. 4 seed will try to win on the Paris clay, which is what Serena Williams in 2016 and Sloane Stephens in 2018 failed to do. 

Kenin is attempting to become the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams in 2015. 

Standing in the way of her second-career major victory is Iga Swiatek, a 19-year-old Polish player that has taken the event by storm.

Swiatek is one of two players left in the tournament in either singles draw that has not lost a set yet. The other is Rafael Nadal, who is a 12-time champion at Roland Garros. 

                    

French Open Women’s Final Information

Start Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Prize Money: $1.88 million to the winner

      

Prediction

Sofia Kenin over Iga Swiatek

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2020 French Open: Women’s Final Preview

How to watch: 9 a.m. on NBC; streaming on the NBC app.

Sofia Kenin, the Australian Open champion, is back in her second Grand Slam final of the year and the second of her career. The 21-year-old has had a breakthrough year, which is quite a feat considering she won the 2019 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

Iga Swiatek has been the biggest story of the tournament, reaching her first major final at just 19. She has not dropped a set yet and has conceded only 23 games total. In the round of 16, Swiatek faced off against Simon Halep, the No. 1 seed and the clear favorite to win the tournament, and beat her, 6-1, 6-2, in just over an hour.

The two youngsters have some similarities in their games, with both using drop shots to great effect. The cold and often humid conditions of the

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French Open women’s final capsule

Women’s FINAL

Saturday, 8.am., Ch. 11

Iga Swiatek vs. Sofia Kenin

Meet Swiatek

• She’s a 19-year-old Pole who’s unseeded and ranked 54th, the lowest-ranked woman to get this far in the French Open since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975.

• She hasn’t lost a set in the tournament. In six previous Grand Slam tournaments, her best showing was reaching the fourth round.

• Swiatek on Swiatek:”I can achieve big things.”

Meet Kenin

• She’s a 21-year-old American who’s seeded fourth and ranked fourth.

• She won the Australian Open in February, her only Grand Slam title, and is 16-1 in majors this year. She hasn’t been dominant in Paris, needing three sets in four of her six matches.

• Kenin on Kenin:”Definitely feisty.”

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French Open 2020 Women’s Semifinal: TV Schedule, Start Time, Live-Stream Info | Bleacher Report

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a shot against Germany's Laura Siegemund in the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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The 2020 French Open women’s semifinals feature a unique combination of top championship contenders and unexpected title threats.

On one side of the draw, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will take on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. On the other side, a pair of unseeded players, Iga Swiatek and Nadia Podoroska, are each making their first appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal.

Let’s check out all of the key details for Thursday’s action at Roland Garros. That’s followed by predictions on who will advance to Saturday’s tournament final.

              

Viewing Information

Where: Stade Roland Garros in Paris

When: Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. ET

Watch: Tennis Channel (9 a.m. ET) and NBC (11 a.m. ET)

Live Stream: Tennis Channel Plus and NBC Sports Live

           

Match Predictions

First Semifinal: Iga Swiatek vs. Nadia Podoroska

It typically takes seven straight wins to win a major

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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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2020 French Open odds, women’s final predictions: Top tennis expert reveals Kenin vs. Swiatek picks

American Sofia Kenin goes for her second Grand Slam title when she plays Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the 2020 French Open women’s final Saturday. The must-see match begins at 9 a.m. ET from Stade Roland Garros. Kenin won the Australian Open this year but has never advanced this far on clay. Swiatek, 19, has dominated every opponent she’s faced in Paris, losing only 23 games all tournament.

William Hill list Swiatek as a -163 favorite (risk $163 to win $100) in the latest Kenin vs. Swiatek odds, with the 21-year-old getting +130 (risk $100 to win $130) as the underdog. The over-under for total games played is 21.5, with Swiatek favored by 2.5 games. Before making any Kenin vs. Swiatek picks, see the 2020 French Open final predictions from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair.

Mair is the international expert who called unseeded Jelena Ostrapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 French Open,

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Women’s finalist Sofia Kenin is all about winning at the 2020 French Open

After advancing to the 2020 French Open women’s semifinals on Wednesday, Sofia Kenin was asked if there was a word that summed up what she loved so much about tennis.

The 21-year-old American didn’t hesitate.

“Winning, definitely,” she said. “That’s my answer.”

Kenin has never hidden her desire to win titles or become the best in the world, but to hear it said so succinctly proved her win-at-all-costs mentality. She backed that up on Thursday with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to advance to her second career major final.

“She deserved to win for sure today,” said Kvitova, who hadn’t dropped a set all tournament entering the match. “She was just better.”

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Having won the Australian Open in February, Kenin now has a chance to win her second Grand Slam and rise to No. 3 in the rankings. She hopes to become the

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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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French Open 2020 Women’s Final: TV Schedule, Start Time and Live-Stream Info | Bleacher Report

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina's Nadia Podoroska in two sets, 6-2, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin are on a collision course for the women’s singles final of the 2020 French Open on Saturday.

Swiatek quickly dispatched Nadia Podoroska in Thursday’s first semifinal, winning 6-2, 6-1. Kenin, the fourth-seeded player in the tournament, defeated No. 7 Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5.

The two will be back in action this weekend at Court Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.

           

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBCSports.com

          

This is Swiatek and Kenin’s second meeting in the French capital.

Based on their seeding, Swiatek would be the obvious underdog.

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