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Iga Swiatek Steamrolls Through the French Open, Besting Sofia Kenin in the Final
Swiatek became the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title. She did it without losing a set at Roland Garros, and no more than five games in any match.
PARIS — The Polish national anthem reverberated through a mostly empty Philippe Chatrier Court to the delight of Iga Swiatek, who had barely broken a sweat in her 6-4, 6-1 defeat of the No. 4 seed and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in their French Open singles final on Saturday.
The mask covered Swiatek’s face like the low-hanging autumn sun had covered most of the court during the one-hour-and-24-minute match. But it could not contain her smile, which creased her eyes as the song played on.
“I wasn’t expecting to win this trophy. It’s obviously amazing for me,” Swiatek said.
The Grand Slam singles title was the unseeded Swiatek’s first on tour and, of more sweeping significance, the first earned by any player from Poland, though she was swift to point out that she was merely extending a path that had been paved by others.
She mentioned by name Agnieszka Radwanska, whose 20 tour singles titles included the 2015 WTA year-end championship, and said: “I know there’s going to be a lot of people who are going to compare us. But I think I have to be really consistent for the next couple years for everybody to name me the best player in Poland because still I have a lot to do.”