Iga Świątek makes history winning the French Open

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Polish tennis prodigy, Iga Świątek became the first Pole to win a singles Grand Slam title. The 19-year-old won in a never seen before historic fashion as she did not lose a single set on course to the title.

The Polish player dominated the match from the beginning, she quickly gained advantage after winning three consecutive games. Then, the American player started to catch up, but Świątek did not allow her rival to gain any advantage. The Polish player retained the lead and finally won 6:4.

The second part of the game was just a one woman show. Although Kenin won the first game after a break point, Świątek quickly caught up with the American player and did not give her any chances. In the middle of the second set Kenin had to have medical attention but managed to play until the end. Świątek won this part 6:1. She did not lose a set in the singles’ tournament.

This is the first victory of a Polish tennis player in a Grand Slam tournament, both men and women. Before WWII, Janina Jędrzejowska was in the finals three times (US Open, Wimbledon and Roland Garros) but was unable to win, so was Agnieszka Radwańska in 2012, who was defeated at Wimbledon by Serena Williams.



On the way to the finals, Świątek did not lose a set and gave away only 23 games in total to her opponent’s 6. At the opening, she beat the #15 ranked Czech Marketa Vondrousova, last year’s finalist. Then she won against Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, the “number one“ of the tournament Simona Halep (of Romania), Italian Martina Trevisan and Argentinean Nadia Podoroska.

On Friday, Świątek, along with Nicole Melichar of the US, was also playing in the semi-final of the women’s doubles tournament, but the Polish-American pair was unable to make it to the final.

The win at Roland Garros will move her up from 54 to 17 in the WTA ranking.

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