French Open: Sofia Kenin sets up summit clash with Iga Swiatek

Kenin will face Swiatek, who is the first Polish woman to reach the French Open final

kenin-swiatek-reu-ap Sofia Kenin; Iga Swiatek | Reuters; AP

American tennis player and the 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin cruised into her second grand slam final of the year, setting up a summit clash at Roland Garros against Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.

Kenin defeated Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 in the French Open semifinal at the Court Philippe Chatrier on Thursday.

The 21-year-old will face on Saturday 54th-ranked Swiatek, who is the first Polish woman to reach the French Open final after defeating Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 in the semis.

Swiatek is also the lowest-ranked women’s finalist at Roland Garros since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975.

Kenin’s game was strong from the start as she raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set, and got the better of Kvitova, who was playing her first semifinal at Roland Garros since 2012.

The Czech player lost her serve to fall 3-2 behind in the second set before breaking her serve again and Kenin breezed her way to a crushing victory.

Meanwhile, Swiatek routed her opponent and proved too good for Podoroska, ranked 131st in the world. The 19-year-old came out firing and Podoroska dropped her opening service game and consequently, which led to Swiatek wrapping it up in a little over 30 minutes.

The second set too stared on a similar note, with Swiatek sending a forehand down the line to move a break up in Podoroska’s first service game. However, the lopsided contest ensured that the Polish teenager cruised into her first grand slam final.

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