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Swiatek, younger set thriving in women’s tennis

Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22.



Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)


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Poland’s Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21.

“For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really

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Swiatek swells youth in women’s tennis slamming door on the rest

At the end of her speech after a seventh dismantling of seven, Iga Swiatek returned to the mic with one final thought: “Maybe it just had to be like that,” she said, laughing. “Another underdog is gonna win a grand slam. In women’s tennis it’s so open right now that it’s crazy.”



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Although it was a shock to see Swiatek forego a more conventional path to a first slam title by winning at 19, conceding an absurd 28 games and clinching her first tour-level title at Roland Garros, in some ways women’s tennis has not been open for the past two years. The youth have arrived and they are consistently slamming the door on the rest.

Seven of the past eight grand slam titles have been won by players under the age of 23: Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu

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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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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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Kenin, 21, will face unseeded Swiatek, 19, in French final



a man holding a racket on a court: Poland's Iga Swiatek screams after scoring a point against Argentina's Nadia Podoroska in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)


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Poland’s Iga Swiatek screams after scoring a point against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) Sofia Kenin entered 2020 with an 11-11 record in Grand Slam action. She never had made the quarterfinals at any clay-court tournament until this trip to Roland Garros – and lost her only tuneup match on the surface 6-0, 6-0 last month.



a woman holding a racket on a court: Sofia Kenin of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring a point against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the last game of 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 of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring a point against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the last game of 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)

Iga Swiatek is just 19. She’s ranked 54th. She’s never won a tour-level title of any sort.

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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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