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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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What channel is the French Open on today? Time, TV schedule, live stream to watch 2020 women’s tennis final

The final Grand Slam event of the year concludes in Saturday’s French Open women’s final between Poland’s Iga Swiatek and the United States’ Sofia Kenin.

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Kenin advanced to her first French Open final after beating seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova in straight sets of Thursday’s semifinals action. Kenin (4-seed) was the highest seeded American in the tournament in a field led by 2018 tournament-winner Simona Halep. 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka did not particpate in the 2020 French Open. Kenin, just 21 years old, is seeking her second major title after winning the 2020 Australian Open where she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza.

Swiatek reached the final by besting Nadia Podoroska in the semis. She also upset Halep in straight sets during the fourth round. The 19-year-old has never reached a Grand Slam final before Saturday. Her best performance came in the 2020 Australian Open where she reached the fourth

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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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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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Tennis: Surprises keep coming in wild women’s draw

PARIS (Reuters) – It is not unusual for the French Open to throw up surprises in the women’s draw but this year’s re-scheduled tournament has been more wildly unpredictable than ever.

On Sunday Argentina’s 131st-ranked Nadia Podoroska beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova, ranked 114th, to make it two qualifiers into the last eight for the first time since 1978.

Earlier, Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan, ranked 159th, had beaten Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens in another huge upset on the day that Polish teenager Iga Swiatek thrashed top seed Simona Halep for the loss of three games.

The draw had already been shredded with only 13 of the top 32 seeds having made it through to the third round — the lowest number in a women’s draw since 32 seeds were introduced in Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2001.

The heavier than usual balls being used, the relentless cold and rainy conditions

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8 Best Women’s Tennis Shoes 2020 | The Strategist

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Although we often refer to sneakers as tennis shoes, if you’re at all serious about tennis, you don’t want to wear your sneakers on the tennis court. One distinction between your casual tennis shoes and shoes specifically made for tennis is their tread. According to Mike Layton, owner and CEO of Westside Tennis, “running shoes have more of a one-direction tread.” They’re not made for 360-degree movement like tennis shoes. While they may have pretty good grip, “if you start changing directions in a running shoe, you might hurt yourself because you are not going to be able to pivot on the ground as easily as you will with a tennis shoe.”

The other big difference is the structure and support of a tennis shoe, which are essential for handling those quick changes of direction. Because of

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