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French Open 2020, Iga Swiatek vs Sofia Kenin Highlights, Women's Singles Final: Swiatek wins maiden Grand Slam title

Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 to win the French Open for her maiden Grand Slam title. She went without dropping a set in the tournament.

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French Open 2020, Iga Swiatek vs Sofia Kenin Highlights, Women's Singles Final: Swiatek wins maiden Grand Slam title

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Oct 10, 2020 - 20:35 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

It was an incredible match of tennis for the most part, and Iga Swiatek wins her first Grand Slam title without dropping a single set! Tune back in tomorrow, as king of clay Rafael Nadal takes on longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final! We'll be right here, covering that match, so make sure to head on over to Firstpost.com for all the latest updates and score from that thriller of a match.

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:30 (IST)

Picture perfect

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:18 (IST)

That winning feeling! 

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:16 (IST)

Iga Swiatek speaks after her landmark victory:

I don't know what's going on, I'm just so happy. I'm so glad that my family was here to watch. I don't know, it's so overwhelming, a few years ago I'd not even played in a Grand Slam and now I'm here and I've won. It feels like such a short time passed between now and then. Thank you to everyone who cheered for me, it was an amazing final.

I really hope Sofia is okay, I don't know if she's injured badly, but she's played so well this tournament. I don't know, maybe there's a chance that she would have played better if she didn't have that injury. Mentally, I think I just wanted to be aggressive, like I have been in previous rounds. I feel like today was very stressful for me, so it was kinda hard to do so, I don't really know what made the difference tonight. Maybe it just had to be that another underdog would win in a Grand Slam final, I mean, women's tennis is just so crazy right now.

 My father taught me how to be a professional. It's hard to describe, but he raised me in a way that I feel confident on court. He gave me everything, I love him. It's really hard to speak right now. 

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:08 (IST)

By the numbers: Set 2

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:06 (IST)

Game, Set, Match and Championship: Iga Swiatek wins 6-4, 6-1!

Swiatek will serve for the match! Kenin tries valiantly to do something different by approaching the net on the first point, but she's a bit flat-footed and Swiatek hits a passing shot beyond her reach. Kenin does manage to bag the next point though, with a powerful winner. She didn't have to move much there. Swiatek moves up 30-15, but Kenin levels the game again with a backhand winner that's hit down the line. She's trying to end rallies as quick as possible. Kenin can't make a return on the next point, and Swiatek is on championship point! She's done it! The 19-year-old has her first Grand Slam singles title! Poland has its first Grand Slam champion! What a performance!

Oct 10, 2020 - 20:02 (IST)

Iga Swiatek* 6-4, 5-1 Sofia Kenin (* denotes next server)

Sofia Kenin's rapid movement from the first set is just about gone, and whatever's left of it is being tested to the limit by Iga Swiatek. The Polish teenager sprays shots all over court, forcing the American to chase after them fruitlessly, and she breaks Kenin's serve. She's a game away from her first Grand Slam title!

Oct 10, 2020 - 19:59 (IST)

Iga Swiatek 6-4, 4-1 Sofia Kenin* (* denotes next server)

Two winners from Swiatek to start off her service game, one a clever drop shot and the other a rapid cross court backhand. The third point she picks up is an ace. Kenin then misses a simple forehand, and Swiatek holds serve to love. The trainer's back out now, and it looks like they're going to be taking off the bandages now. 

Oct 10, 2020 - 19:57 (IST)

Iga Swiatek* 6-4, 3-1 Sofia Kenin (* denotes next server)

Kenin's back out, and the taping on her upper thigh looks a little thicker. She's struggling though, she's lost her last four service games and she loses this one as well. Swiatek seems to have the upper edge now. 

Oct 10, 2020 - 19:53 (IST)

surprise

Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek are the last women standing at a French Open tournament unlike any other, full of surprises and held in the autumnal Paris chill after it was delayed four months by the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian Open champion Kenin is targeting a second Grand Slam of the season while the 19-year-old Swiatek has her sights set on becoming Poland's first major singles champion.

Sofia Kenin (USA x4) v Iga Swiatek (POL)

Head-to-head: First meeting

Kenin arrived at Roland Garros having suffered an embarrassing double-bagel defeat by Victoria Azarenka in Rome, her lone warm-up match on clay, a surface she used to despise.

The American had never advanced as far the quarter-finals on clay before this fortnight, but now stands a win away from becoming the first woman to capture two Slams in the same season since Angelique Kerber won the Australian and US Open in 2016.

"I want to make the next step. I would love to take the title," she said.

The 21-year-old is hoping her Melbourne experience will give her an edge over Swiatek, who has blasted through to the final for the loss of just 23 games.

"I've been there, done that. I know what the emotions are getting into your first Grand Slam final. I'm hoping she's going to be a little bit nervous," said Kenin.

Kenin's hunger and desire ranks among the best, as does her ability to adjust and counter an opponent armed with greater power as witnessed in her victory over Petra Kvitova.

A five-month shutdown of the season due to the COVID-19 outbreak threatened to check the momentum of her triumph Down Under, and Kenin admitted it was hard at first to adapt.

"With the whole pandemic, things kind of got on hold," she recounted. "I didn't have really motivation when I knew that everything is shut down.

"It took some time for me to get my motivation back. I finally got it. I feel like I'm playing the best tennis right now, as well."

Kenin has gone to three sets in four of her six matches and will need to be at her uncompromising best to subdue an opponent who has ruthlessly swept aside the competition, including top seed and favourite Simona Halep.

At 19, Swiatek is the youngest player to reach the women's French Open final since Kim Clijsters in 2001, and the second lowest-ranked (54) since computer rankings were introduced in 1975.

She has matched the run of compatriot Jadwiga Jedrzejowska -- the most outstanding Polish player of the interwar period -- who finished runner-up at Roland Garros in 1939.

Swiatek is only the second Polish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era after Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon in 2012. She had never previously been beyond the last 16.

The latest in a line of teen stars, Swiatek is the seventh unseeded women's finalist at Roland Garros. Of the previous six, only Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 went on to lift the trophy.

"I will need to be on a different level, the higher level, even though I'm winning easily right now," said Swiatek. "I'm going to be, like, an underdog."

Swiatek, then barely 15, beat Kenin 6-4, 7-5 in the French Open junior tournament in 2016, but like Ostapenko three years ago she goes into the final hunting her first title of any sort at tour level.

Not that Swiatek, whose work with a psychologist has helped immeasurably with her laser-like focus, expects to be overawed by the occasion.

"I feel like I'm ready. I also feel like I don't have to win. I'm pretty okay with both scenarios," said Swiatek, who was beaten Friday along with partner Nicole Melichar in the doubles semi-finals.

"Of course it's going to be sad because I would be so close if I'm going to lose.

"I think if I'm going to win, it's going to be crazy and super overwhelming for me."

Victory would make Swiatek the youngest women's champion at Roland Garros since Monica Seles in 1992.

With inputs from AFP.

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