Iga Swiatek has capped a dream fortnight to secure her maiden Grand Slam title, beating fourth seed Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the Roland-Garros final on Saturday.
The unseeded 19-year-old withstood relentless ball-striking from the American to prevail 6-4, 6-1 and become the first Grand Slam champion from Poland.
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After bolting out of the blocks for 3-0, Swiatek was reeled back in as Australian Open champion Kenin began to find her range on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The teenager again secured the break and held a set point on serve, only to be broken at 5-3. Her missed chance did not prove costly as she broke the American’s serve for the third time to secure the opening set after 50 minutes.
Kenin had fought through four three-set matches from her six matches coming into the final, including twice from a set down, and began the second set with a break.
But it was the only time she would lead all set. Following an off-court injury time-out to have her leg re-strapped, Kenin was unable to break the Pole’s momentum as she powered through the second set in just 31 minutes.