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French Open 2020 Women's Final HIGHLIGHTS: Iga Swiatek Beats Sofia Kenin Wins 1st Grand Slam Title

News18 Sports | October 10, 2020, 20:29 IST
French Open 2020 Women's Final HIGHLIGHTS, Iga Swiatek vs Sofia Kenin: Swiatek becomes the first Polish to win a Grand Slam title as she defeats Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1. The 19-year-old served out the match after breaking Kenin twice after a medical timeout by the American. Swiatek took the first set of the Roland Garros final at the Philippe Chatrier 6-4 after breaking Kenin for the third time. She earlier failed to serve out the set herself. Follow News18 Sports' live blog on the final that pits two youngsters against each other.

A little more than four years ago in Paris, Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 7-5 in the third round of the French Open junior event. That is the only time the two had met. Swiatek is currently ranked 54 in the world while Kenin is the world No.6. Kenin has a total of five titles in her name, including two this year itself. Swiatek, on the other hand, had not won a title to date.
Oct 10, 2020 20:29 (IST)

"I want to thank every person for making this tournament possible in these tough times. I am happy that we can still do our job and enjoy and entertain people.

"It's crazy for me because I was watching every year how Rafa lifts the trophy and it's crazy to do it in the same place.

"I want to thank the crowd and everyone watching in Poland. I know it's crazy back there, thank you so much.

"I want to thank my team, my coach. Thank you to my dad and sister, I love you guys."

Oct 10, 2020 20:27 (IST)

"I want to congratulate Iga on a great tournament, you played great. Congrats to your and your team.

"I would like to thank the crowd. It was good to finally see you guys during the pandemic and it was great to have you guys here.

"I would like to thank the tournament director and everyone for making it happen. I love Roland Garros with all my heart and you guys make it really special for us.

"Last but not the least, I would like to thank my team for being with me. It's been good two weeks."

Oct 10, 2020 20:20 (IST)

Even though Iga Swiatek's first serve percentage was lower than Sofia Kenin, she won more points on them and was way better than the American with her second serve. She was exemplary at the net and shot down 25 winners to just 10 from Kenin.

Oct 10, 2020 20:15 (IST)

"I don't know what's going on, I am so happy. It's just overwhelming for me, it's crazy. Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam and now I am here, thanks for cheering for me.

"I hope you're (Sofia Kenin) okay, I don't know if you are injured but you did a great job in the tournament. May be there was a chance you would play better without the injury. But I think I stayed focussed, wanted to play aggressive. I was nervous today but I think I held on.

"Another underdog winning a Grand Slam in women's tennis, it happens so often right now, it's crazy.

"He (her father) just taught me how to be a professional and it's hard to describe but he raised me in a way that I feel pretty confident on the court. I'm sorry I have to get my thoughts together. He gave us everything, I am sorry, it's hard to say. But I love him."

Oct 10, 2020 20:06 (IST)

Swiatek  6-4, 6-1* Kenin

Swiatek gets the first point but Kenin comes up with a solid winner to make it 15-15.

Swiatek then makes a big first serve to go up 30-15. Swiatek then serves a weak second serve and Kenin gets on top of it to get a backhand winner to make it 30-30.

Kenin's return to a good Swiatek serve goes long. Swiatek has the championship point.

Swiatek makes another good serve and she has her first Grand Slam title.

Oct 10, 2020 20:01 (IST)

Swiatek 6-4, 5-1* Kenin 

A double fault from Kenin and Swiatek has the first point. Swiatek then stretches to get a backhand up the line to win the next point to go up 30-0.

Swiatek is just making Kenin run now, knowing she is strapped and three break point for her here.

Swiatek finds the line again and breaks Kenin to set up the title on her serve.

Oct 10, 2020 19:57 (IST)

Swiatek  6-4, 4-1* Kenin

A beautiful drop shot followed by a backhand winner from Swiatek and she is 30-0 up.

A banging first serve in just when she needed. Swiatek 40-0 up.

Kenin misses a regular forehand and Swiatek holds to back up the break.

Oct 10, 2020 19:55 (IST)

Swiatek 6-4, 3-1* Kenin 

Kenin sends her shot wide and Swiatek has broken her again.

Swiatek will now be serving to back up the lead.

Oct 10, 2020 19:54 (IST)

Swiatek 6-4, 2-1* Kenin 

A big first serve out wide from Kenin and then throws in a forehand winner, wrong-footing Swiatek, for the first point.

A strong service return from Swiatek into Kenin's backhand. She stretches Kenin on that side and then throws in a backhand winner up the line. 15-15.

Swiatek comes forward once again and bangs in a forehand winner. Kenin committed herself to the other side very early. 15-30.

Kenin's forehand goes up and Swiatek has two more break points here.

Oct 10, 2020 19:48 (IST)

Sofia Kenin goes off the court for some treatment. Iga Swiatek stays on the bench and at least on the exterior, she looks relaxed. She then gets up to the court and starts warming up, trying to prevent herself from getting cold.

Swiatek is currently practicing her serves to stay in her rhythm.

Oct 10, 2020 19:45 (IST)

Swiatek  6-4, 2-1* Kenin

Kenin gets the first point but then sends a backhand into the net to make it 15-15.

A good first serve from Swiatek that Kenin stretches to return but then misses a backhand. 30-15.

Good serve out wide from Swiatek and then she won the point with a forehand winner up the line. 40-15.

Swiatek holds her serve with a body serve to Kenin that the American returns into the net.

Oct 10, 2020 19:42 (IST)

Swiatek 6-4, 1-1* Kenin 

Kenin sends the backhand long to give Swiatek the first point. However, she levels it up at 15-15 with a good first serve.

A brilliant backhand winner from Swiatek. She completely changed the direction and left Kenin wrong-footed. 15-30.

A double fault from Kenin to give two break back points to Swiatek.

A deep forehand from Kenin and Swiatek could not readjust her position and had her forehand go wide. 30-40.

Stunning down the line backhand winner from Swiatek to break back Kenin.

Oct 10, 2020 19:38 (IST)

Swiatek  6-4, 0-1* Kenin

Kenin makes a backhand error to give Swiatek the first point. But the Polish returns the favour with a forehand miss. 15-15.

A brilliant rally from the two and Swiatek found a short angle on the backhand but Kenin returned the favour with as much gusto to win the point.

Swiatek next won the point by coming to the net again to make a forehand winner. 30-30.

Kenin gets the break point early on and has the chance to take an advantage right here. Kenin converts it to take an early lead in the second set.

Oct 10, 2020 19:33 (IST)

Here are the statistics from the first set that Iga Swiatek won. Swiatek made more errors but she was clearly the more proactive player as well and that paid off for her. She will have to better her 1st serve percentage though. Also, the net points won by her would be encouraging and she would look to go forward more and more.

Oct 10, 2020 19:31 (IST)

Swiatek 6-4* Kenin 

Swiatek's backhand goes long after a baseline rally with Kenin and the American has the first point. A good service return from Swiatek and it is 15-15.

Kenin sends her forehand just wide after a baseline rally with Swiatek and she goes down 15-30.

A very deep return from Swiatek to Kenin's first serve and she has two set points.

And she converts her first opportunity! Swiatek breaks Kenin for the third time to take the first set 6-4 in 49 minutes.

Oct 10, 2020 19:25 (IST)

Swiatek  5-4* Kenin

Kenin gets on top of a weak second serve from Swiatek and Kenin now has the break back point.

What a brilliant return from Kenin and Swiatek cannot serve out the first set as Kenin breaks her back!

Oct 10, 2020 19:23 (IST)

Swiatek  5-3* Kenin

Swiatek gets the first point with a forehand winner but she is rattled again by a loopy return from Kenin and it's 15-15.

Another double fault from Swiatek and she is down 15-30. A stunning down the line forehand winner from Swiatek and she gets to 30-30.

Kenin misses the backhand after a rally with her forehand and gets to set point.

Such a good wide backhand from Swiatek but Kenin returns and then the Polish missed the backhand. 40-40

Oct 10, 2020 19:20 (IST)

Swiatek 5-3* Kenin 

Really good return of serve from Swiatek and Kenin goes for too much angle and ends up missing it. Another break point for the Polish! Kenin comes up with another good serve to save it.

A loopy ball from Kenin and Swiatek goes for too much and misses the forehand. Game point for Kenin.

A brilliant service return from Swiatek and it was so short that Kenin's backhand slice hit the net. 40-40 again.

A forehand winner from Swiatek after a loopy return of serve and she has a third break point. And she converts it this time with Kenin sending the backhand into the net.

Oct 10, 2020 19:16 (IST)

Swiatek 4-3* Kenin 

Kenin taking the attack early to peg Swiatek behind, she gets to advantage.

Kenin goes for a drop shot but Swiatek nudges it back behind Kenin and covered the cross court shot and touched it for a stunning volley. Back to 40-40.

A double fault from Kenin and Swiatek has a break point now.

A brilliant backhand rally between both players but Kenin just finds the line with a forehand to save the break point. Back to deuce.

Oct 10, 2020 19:13 (IST)

Swiatek 4-3* Kenin 

Swiatek is struggling with her range a bit here and Kenin is making the best of it. First point on her serve.

Another solid backhand from Kenin to Swiatek's backhand and the Polish sends it wide. 30-0 up for Kenin.

A good return from Swiatek gets her to 15-30. Kenin misses a regular backhand after setting up the point well to make it 30-30.

A weak second serve from Kenin and Swiatek took it early but sent the backhand wide. Kenin goes for a slice and Swiatek replies with a backhand up the line and the American then sends the forehand wide. 40-40 it is.

Oct 10, 2020 19:08 (IST)

Swiatek  4-3* Kenin

Swiatek's loopy forehand caught the line and she has the advantage here. Kenin thought it was out and had the chair umpire checked but it's the Polish's point.

What a stunning back spin return from Kenin to Swiatek's serve. Even though the Polish got to it, it went away from her when she was to return. Back to deuce.

Another banging drop shot from Swiatek to get to another game point, Kenin is unhappy that she didn't see it coming.

Well defended from Swiatek! Kenin was on the attack but she sent her forehand long and Swiatek gets an important hold of serve.

Oct 10, 2020 19:05 (IST)

Swiatek  3-3* Kenin

Swiatek attacks Kenin's backhand incessantly and the American sends one long. 15-0 for the Polish. Kenin then makes a solid forehand winner to get to 15-15.

Great point for Swiatek, great recovery from her! She defender well but Kenin's weak shot from up the court pegged her back and allowed Swiatek to go on attack. 30-15.

A second double fault from Swiatek and it's 30-30. A beautiful drop shot from Swiatek on Kenin's return to her serve and she has the game point.

Swiatek misses a regular backhand to Kenin's return and it's 40-40.

Oct 10, 2020 19:01 (IST)

Swiatek 3-3* Kenin 

The accuracy is gone for Swiatek at the moment! Kenin gets easy first two points on her serve to go up 30-0.

Kenin, however, next sends a forehand long to allow Swiatek in the game. She next serves out wide to get to 40-15.

Swiatek sends down a top spin-laden forehand down the line and Kenin missed the backhand return. 40-30 it is.

Swiatek misses the backhand attempted down the line and Kenin holds her serve to level it up.

Oct 10, 2020 18:57 (IST)

Swiatek  3-2* Kenin

A double fault from Swiatek and Kenin breaks back. The lead for the Polish is gone as quickly as it came and Kenin is back in this first set.

The nerves of the first final showed there for Swiatek!

Oct 10, 2020 18:56 (IST)

Swiatek  3-1* Kenin

Kenin gets the first point of the game, that's the first time Swiatek has lost the first point on her serve so far!

A nice out wide kick second serve from Swiatek and Kenin sends the return long. 15-15.

A weak second serve by Swiatek and Kenin gets on top of it and sends down a backhand winner. Swiatek next misses a backhand up the line. Two break back points for Kenin!

Oct 10, 2020 18:53 (IST)

Swiatek 3-1* Kenin 

Good point construction from Swiatek and she comes forward but misses an easy forehand. Kenin serves up a couple of good serves to move up to 40-15.

Excellent ball striking from Swiatek! Kenin sent in a good loop ball close to the net to break Swiatek's rhythm but the Polish sends down a winner.

Swiatek, then misses a backhand, and Kenin gets on the board.

Oct 10, 2020 18:50 (IST)

It is unseeded Iga Swiatek who has got the faster start here at the Philippe Chatrier.

Oct 10, 2020 18:49 (IST)

Swiatek  3-0* Kenin

Another drop shot to begin with gets Swiatek the first point. Two good serves next gets her quickly up to 40-0.

A weak second serve then from Swiatek and immediately, Kenin takes it early and sends a backhand winner up the line. 40-15.

Swiatek backs up the break with a good serve in the end. A frustrating start for Kenin.

Oct 10, 2020 18:47 (IST)

Swiatek 2-0* Kenin 

An early break here for Swiatek and she showed great recovery there. She is mixing up things well and Kenin is fighting but is unable to match her up at the moment. This is the fast start the Polish has been getting all tournament.

Oct 10, 2020 18:45 (IST)

Swiatek 1-0* Kenin 

Kenin starts with a first serve out wide that Swiatek returns into the net. Kenin gets another first serve in but a forehand winner from Swiatek gives her the next point. 15-15.

A second serve next from Kenin and Swiatek immediately jumps on it. Kenin gets one return but Swiatek is able to get on top of it to earn the next point. However, Kenin next gets a good serve in to make it 30-30.

A booming forehand and down-the-line backhand combination from Swiatek earns her a break point.

French Open 2020 Women's Final HIGHLIGHTS: Iga Swiatek Beats Sofia Kenin Wins 1st Grand Slam Title
Iga Swiatek is the French Open champion. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Swiatek is the lowest-ranked woman to get this far at the tournament since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975. She seeks her first Grand Slam title; in six previous appearances, her best showing was the fourth round. "There's a reason why I was so efficient. Really, I'm staying super-focused," said Swiatek, who travels with a sports psychologist. "I'm, like, not letting my opponents to play their best tennis. So I hope I'm going to do that on Saturday." Swiatek is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

Kenin, who is seeded No. 4, is bidding for her second big trophy of the season, after triumphing at the Australian Open in February. Kenin needed to get through three sets to win four of her half-dozen matches in Paris, an indication of some occasional lapses in form, perhaps, but also of her boundless resilience and grit. "I mean, I have to figure out what she does. She's had a great two weeks here. She's had some great results, playing some really good tennis," said Kenin. "I know that I'm also playing well."