Iga Swiatek vs. Sofia Kenin: Recap, Results from French Open 2020 Women's Final

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 10, 2020

Poland's Iga Swiatek lifts the trophy after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Iga Swiatek entered the French Open unseeded with no WTA singles titles on her resume after turning pro last year. 

Two weeks later, the 19-year-old Swiatek made history on Saturday with her 6-4, 6-1 win over Sofia Kenin in the women's final. 

John Horn @SportsHorn

Iga Swiatek French Open title... - 2nd unseeded Women's Champ at RG - 1st player since 2007 (Henin) to not drop a set at RG - More than doubles career earnings ($1.1 mill US) with French title ($1.89 US) - 1st Polish player to win a singles Slam 🏆🇵🇱 #RG20 #RolandGarros #WTA

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

🇵🇱 Polish Perfection 🇵🇱 @iga_swiatek becomes the first Grand Slam singles champion from Poland and does not drop a set en route to her first career title 6-4 6-1 over Kenin. #RolandGarros https://t.co/jRuF4jE3ul

Swiatek never lost more than five games in any of her seven victories to capture the French Open title. She knocked off the fourth-seeded Kenin thanks to a 25-10 advantage in winners and converting six of seven break-point opportunities. 

Kenin was looking for her second Grand Slam title of the year after winning the Australian Open in February. This was her deepest run at Roland Garros, but the 21-year-old may have suffered a leg injury at some point. 

After falling behind 2-1 in the second set, Kenin called for a medical timeout that was called into question by some analysts. 

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

This Kenin medical timeout “feels a little sketchy, I gotta tell you” says Mary Carillo, as I nod vigorously. #RG20

Per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Kenin said afterward she may have pulled something after slipping during a practice session earlier this week. 

The brief timeout may have helped Swiatek in her quest to close out the match. 

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

On Eurosport, Iga Swiatek said this moment during Kenin’s off-court medical timeout helped her relax, reminded her to have fun. #RG20 https://t.co/XbZzGC0XX8

Another problem for Kenin during the match was her service game. She only had one ace against three double-faults. Of her 37 first serves in play, she only won on 17 of them. By comparison, the Russian star was 21-of-34 on first serves in the semifinal win over Petra Kvitova. 

Despite Kenin's struggles, this was Swiatek's match. She took control from the opening serve and never got in any real trouble, even after losing the first game in the second set. 

"It's crazy. Two years ago, I won a junior Grand Slam, and right now I'm here. It feels like such a short time," Swiatek said on the court after her win. "I'm just overwhelmed."

After starting the tournament as the 54th-ranked player in the WTA rankings, Swiatek will move up 37 spots following the biggest win of her young career. 

At just 19 years old, Swiatek's future is entirely in front of her. The Polish star showed incredible poise on the Grand Slam stage, starting with her win over 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in the first round. Swiatek also knocked off top-seeded Simona Halep in the fourth round and capped off her run by defeating Kenin. 

With Swiatek joining young stars like Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, as well as long-established superstars like Halep, Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty, women's tennis is in great shape heading into the 2021 season.