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French Open Women's Singles Semi-finals 2020 Highlights: Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek in Final

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Last Updated: October 08, 2020, 22:29 IST

French Open women's singles semi-final: Sofia Kenin vs Petra Kvitova (Photo Credit: Twitter)

French Open women's singles semi-final: Sofia Kenin vs Petra Kvitova (Photo Credit: Twitter)

French Open Women's Singles Semi-finals 2020 Highlights: Sofia Kenin beats Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 after Iga Swiatek beats Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 in the first semi-final.

French Open Women’s Singles Semi-finals 2020 Highlights: Sofia Kenin defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 to reach the French Open final on Thursday and will attempt to capture a second Grand Slam of the year following her Australian Open triumph. Fourth seed Kenin will meet 19-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland in Saturday’s final after denying two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her bid for a third major.

The American faltered when serving for the match at 5-4 but broke Kvitova in the following game before closing out the victory over the Czech seventh seed. Kenin, 21, will try to become the first woman to win two Slams in the same season since Angelique Kerber claimed the Australian and US Open titles in 2016.

Swiatek beat Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 to become first Polish woman to reach French Open final since 1939. The 19-year-old has yet to drop a set at the tournament and she, ranked 54, has now matched the run of Jadwiga Jedrzejowska who finished runner-up at Roland Garros in 1939.

She is only the second Polish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era after Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon in 2012. Swiatek becomes the seventh unseeded women’s finalist at Roland Garros. Of the previous six, only Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 went on to lift the trophy.

Swiatek can become the first Polish woman in the Paris final in 81 years while Podoroska could be the first qualifier to make a final at the Slams. Kenin and Kvitova, the only two seeds left, have been here before — Kenin won the Australian Open in January while Kvitova was Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014.

It was Paris where Kvitova made her comeback in 2017 after spending six months recovering from a terrifying knife attack at her home in December 2016.

The frenzied assault required a four-hour operation and left her with damaged ligaments in her playing hand. Doctors warned her that her career may be finished.

Kvitova has yet to drop a set at the tournament, whereas Iga Swiatek will look to become the first Polish woman in 81 years to reach the Roland Garros final. Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska,  on the other hand, is bidding to become the first qualifier to reach the final at a Grand Slam in the modern era.

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