Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player in the last 81 years to reach the final of the Roland Garros, having demolished the qualifier Nadia Podoroska with the result of 6-2 6-1 in just 70 minutes of undisputed domination over Philippe Chatrier .
The 19-year-old from Warsaw did not feel the pressure and importance of the stakes in the slightest, immediately shattering the hopes of a rival who had already won her tournament. Swiatek has literally blossomed in these two weeks in the French capital, she who had never gone beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
Iga, who has left the misery of 23 games in six games on the street (only Mary Pierce had done better in 1994), is the first woman to hit the final in Paris without losing a set or facing a tiebreak from Justin Henin's rides in the 2006 and 2007.
The Roland Garros finalist with the lowest ranking was the Romanian Florenta Mihai, number 56 in the world in 1977, when she surrendered in the last act to the Yugoslav Mima Jausovec. The WTA ranking was officially introduced in 1975.
Before Swiatek, Jadwiga Jedrzejowska was the only Polish woman to reach the final in Port d'Auteuil back in the distant 1939. "It all seems so unreal" - a very excited Swiatek began. “I never thought I would play so well here, but I always knew that if I had a chance to make it to the final in a Grand Slam it would come true at the French Open.
We are talking about a dream that comes true, it is a crazy goal "- added the number 54 WTA, who at the end of the match paid tribute to the great Podoroska tournament.
Kenin hits her second Grand Slam final of 2020
The last obstacle in her path goes by the name of Sofia Kenin, in her second Grand Slam final in 2020.
The Australian Open champion, who had lost both head-to-head to Petra Kvitova, won 6-4 7- 5 in an hour and 45 minutes. The fourth seed, whose Grand Slam tally is 16-1 this season, has once again demonstrated all his enormous cynicism, having won six titles in the last eight tournaments in which he reached at least the semifinals.
The American also showed remarkable efficiency, converting four of the five break points at her disposal and saving 10/12 despite the Czech's aggression. “Petra is a very tough player to face, she has an aggressive tennis and a powerful serve.
I'm proud of myself, I had a great match and I'm super happy ”- explained Kenin. “I've experienced this feeling before in Australia, but I'm still over the moon. Today I will enjoy this moment and from tomorrow I will prepare for the final. I have already faced Swiatek at Roland Garros junior, I remember it was a very balanced match."