Competing in her seventh Major tournament, the 19-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek stunned the tennis world and claimed the first WTA title at Roland Garros! Iga defeated the Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the title match, wrapping up the tournament without losing a set to become the well-deserved Major champion at such a young age, the first-ever from Poland.
Iga delivered impressive tennis before the final, dropping 23 games in six encounters (one of seven most remarkable results in Paris in the Open era) and demolishing world no. 2 and the top favorite Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 in less than 70 minutes!
Presenting 32 breaks (!!), Iga grabbed 70% of the return games ahead of the final, maintaining that level against the American to become the first champion without losing a set since Justine Henin in 2007. Entering the title match as the lowest-ranked player since the beginning of the WTA rankings, Iga will now debut in the top-20 on Monday.
Iga became the youngest Roland Garros champion since Monica Seles in 1992 and the first teenager to lift the crown in Paris since Iva Majoli in 1997. Kenin stood no chance against the younger rival today, struggling a bit by a left leg injury and having no answer for powerful and controlled strokes from the other side of the net.
With no sign of nerves, Swiatek made a perfect start, lost the ground a bit in the second part of it but closing it with a late break in game ten. With momentum on her side, a teenager was the only player on the court in set number two, sailing towards the finish line and entering the record books after a dominant performance over a previous couple of weeks.
Iga needed an hour and 24 minutes to seal the deal, suffering three breaks but delivering six on the other side to control the scoreboard.
Iga Swiatek claimed Roland Garros title at 19 without losing a set.
A teenager fired 25 winners and 19 unforced errors, handling her strokes nicely and leaving the American at only ten winners and 23 mistakes.
The Pole claimed 12 of the first 15 points for a 3-0 lead, losing the advantage but holding after two deuces in game seven to remain in front. Kenin wasted game points and suffered another break in game eight, pulling it back but giving serve away at 4-5 to hand the set to her rival.
They traded breaks early in the second set and it was all about Swiatek in the rest of it, rattling off six straight games to seal the deal in style and complete a perfect Roland Garros campaign that should remain in her memory for the rest of her life.