French Open 2020, Latest News from Roland Garros: Mies-Krawietz Defend Men's Doubles Title
Andreas Mies-Kevin Krawietz (Photo Credit: ATP Tour Twitter)
Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz successfully defended their French Open doubles title by beating U.S. Open champions Mate Pavic of Croatia and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 7-5. The eighth-seeded German pair won on their second match point when Soares scooped a forehand into the net.
Krawietz's forehand winner put the Germans up 6-5 and a break against the No. 7 seeds. With Mies serving for the match, the duo missed one match point and saved two break points before closing out the win on Court Philippe Chatrier. Mies fell onto his back and Krawietz sank to his knees in celebration.
Dylan Alcott Wins Men's Quad Wheelchair Title
No. 1 seed Dylan Alcott of Australia beat No. 2 Andy Lapthorne of Britain 6-2, 6-2 to win the French Open men's quad wheelchair title for the second time. Alcott broke Lapthornes serve six times on the way to his 11th major title. But another meeting between the top two seeds was much closer.
No. 1-seeded Dutch pair Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot beat No. 2s Yui Kamiji of Japan and Jordanne Whiley of Britain 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-8 on their third match point to win the women's wheelchair doubles title for the third straight year. Kamiji won her fourth French Open title in the wheelchair singles on Friday.
Stricker Wins Boys' Doubles Title
Dominic Stephan Stricker won the boys doubles title to clinch a French Open double after earlier winning the singles. He teamed with Flavio Cobolli of Italy and the third-seeded pair won against eighth-seeded Bruno Oliveria and Natan Rodrigues of Brazil 6-2, 6-4.
The 18-year-old left-handed Stricker is the first Swiss player to win a boys singles major title since 2003 when Stan Wawrinka prevailed at Roland Garros.
There was another success for Italy as Eleonora Alvisi and Lisa Pigato won the girls’ doubles. The unseeded pair beat fifth-seeded Russians Maria Bondarenko and Diana Shnaider 7-6 (3), 6-4.
19-year-old Iga Swiatek Wins Women's Singles Title
Teen Iga Swiatek has become the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam title after beating fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final. The 19-year-old Swiatek did so without dropping a set.
Kenin was looking to win her second major title of the year after winning the Australian Open. She left the court for a few minutes to take a medical timeout at 2-1 down and came back with her left thigh heavily strapped. Swiatek broke her for a 3-1 lead and secured a love hold for 4-1.
She won on her first match point with a forehand winner down the left of court which flew past Kenin.
French Elsa Jacquemot Wins Girls Title
Third-seeded Elsa Jacquemot beat Alina Charaeva 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win the girls title at the French Open. The 17-year-old Jacquemot is the first French girl to win a junior title since Kristina Mladenovic also won at Roland Garros in 2009. Jacquemot sealed victory on her first match point after a double fault from the unseeded Russian.
"To win Roland Garros as a French player is something crazy. I don’t have the words," Jacquemot said. Charaeva’s voice cracked with emotion when she spoke after the match. "I hope next year I can come back as a professional," she said.
Alfie Hewett Wins Wheelchair Title
Britain’s Alfie Hewett beat Joachim Gerard of Belgium 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the French Open wheelchair title for the second time. The 22-year-old Hewett now has four major titles after twice winning the U.S. Open.
"I’d like to say congratulations to Jo and your team. I know it wasn't to be today but congrats. It was a tough final,” Hewett said after winning in 2 hours, 36 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen. "I hope to get a good pizza tonight to celebrate … I think me and my left shoulder are ready for a break.”
The top-ranked Hewett has reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The 31-year-old Gerard was playing in his second major final after losing in the Australian Open final four years ago.
Stricker Wins Boys Singles Title
Dominic Stephan Stricker beat Leandro Riedi in an all-Swiss final to win the boys title at the French Open. He is the first Swiss player to win a boys’ title at any major tournament since three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros in 2003.
The seventh-seeded Stricker broke No. 8 seed Riedi’s serve five times. The 18-year-old left hander is on line for a double triumph.