Swiatek claims French Open, first Pole to win Grand Slam singles title


Teenager Iga Swiatek turned the primary Polish participant to win a Grand Slam singles title when she beat American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-Four 6-1 within the French Open remaining on Saturday.

The unseeded 19-year-old, who didn’t drop a set all through the claycourt match, is the youngest winner since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 1992.

“I am so joyful. I am so joyful my household was right here lastly. It was overwhelming for me,” mentioned world quantity 54 Swiatek, the lowest-ranked participant to win the ladies’s title at Roland Garros since WTA rankings had been launched in 1975.

“Two years in the past I gained a junior Grand Slam and now I am right here. It looks like such a short while. I am simply overwhelmed,” she added as a sorry Kenin watched from her chair in tears.

Swiatek raced right into a Three-Zero lead for the lack of simply three factors earlier than 21-year-old Kenin bought into her groove, just for the Pole to bag the opening set on her opponent’s serve after one other commerce of breaks.

Kenin, who was gunning for a second main title after profitable this yr’s Australian Open, obtained an off-court medical remedy on her left thigh after the third recreation of the second set.

All of it proved an excessive amount of to deal with for the American, who gained solely three factors after coming again on courtroom as Swiatek swept to the title.

She is the primary participant to not drop a set en path to the ladies’s title right here since Belgium’s Justine Henin in 2007.