19 year old Iga Swiatek has won her first Grand Slam title. She is the new French Open Champion.
Swiatek jumps into the end to slam a forehand winner down.
Then her hand goes to her both in disbelief. She bends down to the ground and when it finally sinks in she jumps into the middle of the court and gives some applause to the crowd. She grabs a Polish flag and heads back to the court for the formalities.
8:05 It’s game, set, match for Swiatek. She is French Open Champion. Swiatek wins 6-4, 6-1
SET TWO UNDERWAY
8:04 Kenin is going to have to do something pretty amazing now.It has got to happen right now.
8:02 It looks all over for Kenin, Swiatek leads 5-1 and now serves for her first Grand Slam Championship.
Swiatek can do no wrong now.
She nails a backhand winner down the line and then a forehand makes it a break to love. One game to go…
8:00 SWIATEK 4:1 KENIN
15-0 Calculative shot from Swiatek, cheeky pulls in the drop as Kenin is far off and not a hundred percent on her toes! 30-0 Magnificent on the backhand as Kenin is teeing off from this slowly. 40-0 Swiatek in cruise control! Game, Swiatek! She is two games away from history. Kenin hardly featured in this entire game on return.
7:54 : Swiatek again breaks Kenin, she now leads 3-1
7:50 : Kenin has been wearing tape on her left thigh all tournament and now she has got the trainer on to take a look at it. It does look like Kenin is limping slightly.
she has to go off-court for treatment.
Sofia Kenin looks anguished as she misses another shot. It feels like that one caused physical pain. Swiatek doesn’t let up, creeping up to mid-court to slam a forehand winner back at the American.
Kenin’s next return goes into the net and it’s a straightforward hold for Swiatek.
7:45 : Swaitek hold this time. It is 2-1 in her favor 19 year old is gaining in confidence. Not looking good for the American
7:44 :Swiatek breaks back – it is 1-1
Swiatek plays some sort of magic trick with her backhand – it looks nowhere near high enough to make it over the net but seems to levitate over the cord and drops immediately.
The Pole finds herself with two break-back points.
7:40 Kenin draws first blood, breaks Swiatek to lead 1-0
Swiatek’s first-serve percentage is down at 50%. Pretty impressive that she managed to take the first set against a player like Kenin with that.
Amazing from the 19-year-old! She is unfazed by the big stage and forces the pressure on the rather experienced Kenin who seemed squandered all over the place in the first set! Will the Oz open champion force her way back?
7:30 Brilliant, 19 year old Swiatek takes first set 6-4. Are we seeing history in making !
Swiatek is forced to defend and her backhand flies high into the sky, eventually landing just wide. On the next point, Kenin’s backhand return is genuinely so fast you’d miss it with a blink and the American breaks back.
I would describe this final as a muscle match so far.
She’s done it!
Kenin grunts, but that doesn’t help her get the ball over the net. Swiatek will serve for the set.
Swiatek’s blushes are saved as she holds to go up 4-3
She nails another lovely drop-shot and Kenin has no hope of getting there. The American then misses the chance at a big forehand winner and the teenager holds.
A couple of errors give Swiatek a chance but Kenin is pretty much back on track now.
The Polish teenager slaps the ball into the net and Kenin backs up her break with a hold.
An exciting start, but it’s all even again.
6:58 SWIATEK 3:2 KENIN breaks back
15-15 Wily on serve is Swiatek, forcing the error from Kenin who is desperate break back before it’s too late. 15-30 Spot on from Kenin as she keeps it simple with a wide return to earn the lead. Break point for Kenin! AND SHE BREAKS! A touch shaky on serve here from Swiatek and Kenin cashes in quickly with a strong return game. No flashy stuff as she forced precise returns.
Kenin gets a tiny bit of control over the runaway train that is Iga Swiatek to take a 40-15 lead.
Her grip momentarily loosens as she leaves a ball mid-court for Swiatek to slap back at her, but the Pole then whacks the ball long and Kenin wins her first game of the match.
6:50 Swiatek is absolutely clubbing the ball. It is fantastic to see someone able to play with such freedom. Pole is running away with it Score 3-0
6: 46 Swiatek is looking unstoppable here, Australian Open champion looking little nervous. Here is the first break of serve – Swiatek up 2-0 now.
6:42 19 year old Swiatek looking confident wins the first game on her serve 1-0
6:30 PM SO HERE WE ARE FOLKS, after 12 exciting days of tennis, the final two, Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin enter the iconic Philippe-Chatrier Stadium for the showdown!
This will be the youngest Grand Slam final by combined age since the 2008 Australian Open (Sharapova d. Ivanovic). There’s a lot to play for as a new decade unfurls in women’s tennis!