‘Poland Gar­ros’

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - Swiatek pow­ers to land­mark French Open tri­umph

of com­pa­triot Jad­wiga Je­drze­jowska — the most out­stand­ing Pol­ish player of the in­ter­war pe­riod — who fin­ished run­ner-up at Roland Gar­ros in 1939.

Swiatek was only the sec­ond Pol­ish woman to reach a Grand Slam fi­nal in the Open era af­ter Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska at Wim­ble­don in 2012. She had never pre­vi­ously been be­yond the last 16.

Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Kenin, 21, fell short in her at­tempt to be­come the first woman to cap­ture two Slams in the same year since An­gelique Ker­ber in 2016.

Swiatek, whose only pre­vi­ous tour-level fi­nal came at Lugano last year, dis­pelled any ini­tial fear of nerves as she won 12 of the first 15 points to surge 3-0 ahead.

How­ever, Kenin has made a habit of fight­ing through tough sit­u­a­tions in Paris and broke back when Swiatek served an un­timely dou­ble fault, al­low­ing the Amer­i­can to level at 3-all.

Swiatek, who blud­geoned her way into the cham­pi­onship match, con­ced­ing just 23 games in six rounds, se­cured a pre­cious hold be­fore Kenin lost her serve for the sec­ond time.

Serv­ing for the first set at 5-3, Swiatek dumped a tame back­hand into the net on set point and Kenin im­me­di­ately broke back, rip­ping a blis­ter­ing back­hand re­turn.

Kenin’s re­silience has been a sta­ple of her suc­cess but she cracked again to present Swiatek with two more set points at 4-5, promptly drag­ging a back­hand wide to hand the Pole the open­ing set.

The sixth-ranked Kenin, who had never ad­vanced as far as the quar­ter-fi­nals on clay be­fore this fort­night, broke to be­gin the sec­ond set.

But an un­de­terred Swiatek re­sponded the fol­low­ing game, smack­ing a back­hand down the line to break once more be­fore hold­ing with ease to go 2-1 up.

Kenin sub­se­quently called for a med­i­cal time­out to re­ceive off-court treat­ment on her taped left thigh, but she could not slow the mo­men­tum of her op­po­nent as Swiatek broke for a fifth time.

Swiatek won the next eight points to storm to the cusp of the ti­tle at 5-1, se­cur­ing a his­toric tri­umph with a pow­er­ful cross-court fore­hand on her first match point.

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