Headphones on with Guns and Roses playing, baseball cap and ready to go. Iga Swiatek walks onto the tennis court with the aura of a player who isn’t fazed by the big stages.
Someone else who isn’t fazed by much is Sofia Kenin, the 21 year old with the greatest of respect wouldn’t have a big stand-out shot but her best weapon is her fighting spirit and her determination!
A first major final for the teenager against the reigning Australian Open champion and she didn’t look out of place.
Swiatek won the toss and elected to serve and you probably won’t see a more comfortable hold from a Grand Slam debutant than this. Not only was it a comfortable hold but also an immediate impression made on the American’s serve as the teenager took a quick 3-0 lead.
That fighting spirit of Kenin quickly fought back as the American found her groove and levelled the opener following a run of three games each. A difficult hold but a hold indeed for Swiatek on the back foot but a slightly over excited forehand from Sofia sealed a long game and a lead for the 19 year old.
A tough hold for Swiatek was followed by another tough service game this time for Kenin who saw chances to level but at the third time of asking the groundstrokes of the Pole were too strong for Kenin who became erratic in her hitting.
The Australian Open champion was not going to go down without a fight and from 3-5 found some incredible returns to open back up the final set of the ladies final.
After a great fight from 3-5 down it was another loose game from Kenin who dropped her serve and Iga Swiatek won her 13th consecutive set at Roland Garros taking the first 6-4.
It continued in the theme of control for the Polish teenager who at 2-1 had a little break and time to think as Kenin went off court for 7 minutes to receive a medical time out. Iga got up, interacted with the crowd and hit some serves.
The time-out from Kenin didn’t hamper Swiatek’s rhythm at all winning six games in a row from 0-1 down in the second set to win her maiden title 6-4 6-1 without a set dropped and just 28 games dropped!
14 sets won
0 sets lost
28 games lost
1st Grand Slam title
1st Polish player to win a singles Grand Slam!