Iga Świątek became the first Polish player to win a grand slam singles title
The 19-year-old Iga Świątek crowned an extraordinary fortnight to win the French Open in a blaze of winners, crushing Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1.
Świątek is the youngest woman to win the French Open since Monica Seles in 1992 and the first to do so without dropping a set during the fortnight since Justine Henin in 2007. She celebrated her victory with her family and friends, including her father, Tomasz, who is a former Olympic rower, and her coach, Piotr Sierzputowski who were cheering for her from the stands.
“It was overwhelming for me. Two years ago I won a junior grand slam and now I’m here. It feels like such a short time. I’m just overwhelmed,” Swiatek, the lowest-ranked (56th) woman to win the French Open since rankings were introduced in 1975, said after returning to the court. “Another underdog wins a grand slam in women’s tennis, it’s crazy.”
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