Swiatek, Kenin blow rivals away to reach final

PARIS: Teenager Iga Swiatek became the first Polish woman in 81 years to reach the French Open final on Thursday as she demolished Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1.

For the title on Saturday, the 19-year-old has yet to drop a set at the tournament and will play Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin.

Swiatek said, “It seems unreal. I never thought at the start I would play so good here but I always knew that if I was going to be in the final of a Grand Slam it would be at the French Open.”

“It’s amazing for me,” she added. “It’s a dream come true.”

Jadwiga Jedrzejowska who finished runner-up at Roland Garros in 1939 Swiatek ranked 54 has matched the run of national.

In the Open age after Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon in 2012, she is only the second Polish woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

Swiatek becomes the seventh unseeded women’s finalist at Roland Garros. Only Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 went on to lift the trophy of the previous six years.

“Basically I wanted to play this match as if it was the first round. I didn’t want to think I was in the semi-finals because it would stress me,” said Swiatek, who has conceded only 23 games en route to the final.

Without losing a set was Justine Henin in 2007 the last woman to detain the French Open title.

Swiatek added, who has never faced Kvitova or Kenin, “I will need to be on a different level, and the higher level, even though I’m winning easily right now.”

“I know they’re both great players, so really I have no expectations. I do not care if I am going to lose or win. I’m going to just play my best tennis.”

In Paris in the modern era and the first women’s qualifier to reach the last four of the French Open World number 131 Podoroska was the lowest ranked semi finalist.

After the tournament, having arrived without a single Grand Slam main draw win to her name she will rise to a occupation a best of 48th.

Podoroska said, “Of course my ranking is going to change, and the tournaments that I’m going to play, but not my life.”

“I’m going to be the same person. I’m going to try to improve my game, like I’ve been doing the past few years.” Meanwhile, Sofia Kenin defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final. In her bid for a third, major fourth seed Kenin denied two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova.

Before closing out the conquest over the Czech seventh seed, the American hesitated when serving for the match at 5-4 but broke Kvitova in the next game.

The Australian and US Open titles in 2016 Kenin 21 will try to become the first woman to win two Slams in the same season since Angelique Kerber claimed.

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