With a dominant win over Nadia Podoroska at the French Open, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek reached her first Grand Slam final. Swiatek totally lived up to her status as favourite with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in windy conditions at Roland Garros in one of the most surprising Slam semifinals in recent memory.
Since winning the Wimbledon junior title two years ago, the 19-year-old has established herself as one of the most promising young talents and has been unstoppable at Roland Garros so far. Unseeded into the finalIga Swiatek is one win away from #RolandGarros! victory! Image.twitter. Com/ynjIJe8kIG- US Open Tennis (@usopen) October 8, 2020Her defeat to top-seeded Simona Halep in the quarterfinals was the excellent, but the way Swiatek managed it was equally remarkable and she still has to lose more than four games in a set. The Pole will be playing at tour level in only her second final, having lost to Polona Hercog at last year’s WTA tournament in Lugano. The stakes are even higher here as Swiatek will play either Petra Kvitova or Sofia Kenin in prize money for almost 1.5 million pounds. Nadia Podoroska was unable to find a response to the brilliance of Iga Swiatek (Michel Euler/AP) It is the second year in a row that an unseeded 19-year-old has reached the final after last summer Marketa Vondrousova lost to Ashleigh Barty. The loss ends a remarkable run for No. 131 Podoroska in the world, who in the Open era became the lowest-ranking player to reach the Paris semifinals. She couldn’t find an answer to Swiatek’s all-around talents, but on Monday, the 23-year-old, who had only been in the main draw of the Grand Slam for the second time, would break into the top 50 in the world.