PARIS, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Teenager Iga Swiatek became the first Polish person to win a Grand Slam title in the singles category, defeating fourth-seeded American Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6 -1 in the final of the French Open on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, who did not lose a single set in the clay court tournament, is the youngest winner since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup – a trophy the singles winner receives at Roland Garros – in 1992.
“I am very happy. I am very happy that my family could be here at the end. It has been overwhelming for me,” said Swiatek, world number 54. The Pole is the lowest ranked player to have won the women’s title at Roland Garros since the WTA rankings were introduced in 1975.
“Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam and now I’m here. It seems like very little time has passed. I’m overwhelmed,” added Swiatek, as Kenin watched the scene through tears.
Swiatek took the lead with a 3-0 lead losing just three points before Kenin entered the match, but the Pole took the first set in the 10th game, once again breaking the American’s serve.
Kenin was treated off the court for discomfort to her left thigh after the third game of the second set.
From there the American no longer raised her head and only won three points after returning to the field.
Swiatek is the first player to not drop a set en route to the French Open women’s title since Justine Henin of Belgium in 2007.
(Information by Julien Pretot; edited by Ken Ferris; translated by Tomás Cobos)