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Sport Analysis: Swiatek, younger set thriving in women's tennis

16:15  11 october  2020
16:15  11 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The French Open winner is the latest young player who has shown contempt for custom and experience.

At 54 in the world, Swiatek is the lowest-ranked woman ever to win the French Open and the second unseeded Unlike Swiatek , she had had to battle to make it to the title decider, losing four sets along the way, and she composed Teenager Swiatek defeats Kenin in French Open women ’ s singles final.

Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22.

Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21.

Teenager Swiatek bundles top seed Halep out of French Open

  Teenager Swiatek bundles top seed Halep out of French Open Teenager Swiatek bundles top seed Halep out of French OpenHalep came into the fourth round clash on a 17-match unbeaten streak having defeated the 19-year-old Swiatek, ranked 54th in the world, 6-1 6-0 in 45 minutes at the same stage last year in the claycourt Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

woman to reach French Open final in 19 YEARS as she thrashes Nadia Podoroska in straight sets Swiatek has lost just 23 games during this tournament and is yet to drop a set Sofia Kenin is Swiatek ' s opponent in the final after she defeated Petra Kvitova Swiatek brushed aside Argentine outsider Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1, and has made it to the final

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek becomes the lowest-ranked woman to win the French Open with a stunning She showed few nerves to beat fourth seed Kenin 6-4 6-1, lifting the trophy without losing a set in She is the youngest French Open women ' s champion since Monica Seles lifted the Coupe

“For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really young, and you’re an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis.”

Poland's Iga Swiatek, right, holds the trophy after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S., left, in two sets 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © Provided by Associated Press Poland's Iga Swiatek, right, holds the trophy after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S., left, in two sets 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The old guard of men’s tennis has been holding off the kids for years and years, with Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal in the French Open final Sunday just the latest example of the Big Three’s hold on that segment of the sport. For the women, there is a whole new wave of talent breaking through, time after time, and it augurs a fascinating future.

Swiatek puts studies on the back burner to focus on tennis

  Swiatek puts studies on the back burner to focus on tennis Swiatek puts studies on the back burner to focus on tennisAny doubts she may have had about whether to put a tennis career above her studies were pretty much put to rest when the 19-year-old became the youngest player to reach the women's final at Roland Garros in 19 years by thrashing Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1.

The march of the youngsters in women ' s tennis continues - seven of the last eight major finals have been won by Iga Swiatek , 19, has established herself as a force in women ' s tennis while at Roland Garros. She has not dropped more than five games in a match ahead of the final against Sofia Kenin.

Swiatek , the second Polish woman to reach the final at Roland Garros after Jadwiga Jedrzejowska in 1939, knew she was in a match against the feisty fourth seed. But after the 19-year-old won a marathon eighth game, she missed an opportunity to take a set -point chance, allowing Kenin a route back.

Swiatek is merely the latest example of a fresh face with the talent to make her a factor for years.

The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

She beat Kenin 6-4, 6-1 at Roland Garros on Saturday to wrap up a remarkable run, never dropping a set, and losing just 28 games, en route to becoming a Grand Slam champion in only her seventh appearance at one of the sport’s biggest events.

“Maybe it just had to be like that — that another underdog is going to win a Grand Slam in women’s tennis,” Swiatek said. “It’s (happening) so often right now that it’s crazy.”

Swiatek's run to final not by chance, says coach

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Unseeded Polish teenager Iga Swiatek beats American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in French Open women ' s singles final. It is world number 54 Swiatek 's maiden Grand Slam title in her first major final. Swiatek , 19, is the first Grand Slam singles champion from Poland.

Unseeded Polish teenager Iga Swiatek beats American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in The 19-year-old claimed the French Open title without dropping a set all tournament, becoming the lowest-ranked female "It had to be like that that another underdog won a Grand Slam in women ' s tennis .

That’s true. The younger set is thriving. And coming from new places, too.

Osaka was the first player from Japan — man or woman — to earn a Grand Slam singles title when she did it at the 2018 U.S. Open. Andreescu accomplished that milestone for Canada at last year’s U.S. Open. And now Swiatek has done it for Poland.

The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press The Eiffel Tower is seen in the background, as Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Five of the last eight women’s Grand Slam titles, and 12 of the past 20, were won by first-time major champs. Seven of the past eight were won by women 23 or younger.

In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 image provided by the French Tennis Federation FFT, Poland's Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy in the locker room after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (FFT/Corinne Dubreuil via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 image provided by the French Tennis Federation FFT, Poland's Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy in the locker room after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (FFT/Corinne Dubreuil via AP)

Compare that to the state of the men’s game, where 27-year-old Dominic Thiem’s triumph at the U.S. Open last month made him the first man to become a first-time Slam champion since 2014. He also was the first man born in the 1990s to collect a Grand Slam trophy.

Analysis: Swiatek, younger set thriving in women's tennis

  Analysis: Swiatek, younger set thriving in women's tennis Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22. Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21. “For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really young, and you’re an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis.

Polish teenage tennis prodigy Iga Swiatek didn't just defeat Sofia Kenin at Roland Garros. She dominated her to capture her first career Grand Slam in remarkable fashion in a one-sided French Open final. Iga Swiatek STUNNED after defeating Sofia Kenin to win French Open women ' s title (VIDEO).

In women ' s tennis , there have been several first-time major champions over the past few years, including Kenin, but few have been as convincing and destined for more. Swiatek is the first woman to win the French Open without ceding a set since Justine Henin in 2007. Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer simply haven’t been leaving room for others. After the French Open, the Big Three will have combined to win 14 of the past 15 Grand Slam titles and 57 of the last 69; this year’s U.S. Open was the first Slam since 2004 without at least one of them in the semifinals.

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © Provided by Associated Press Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

For the better part of two decades, Serena Williams ruled women’s tennis, accumulating 23 major singles championships. And while she has reached four Grand Slam finals since returning after more than a year away while having a baby, she has not added a 24th trophy to her collection, going 0-4 in those title matches.

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot against Poland's Iga Swiatek in the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot against Poland's Iga Swiatek in the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Williams turned 39 the day before the French Open began, and she was gone after one match, withdrawing before the second round because of an Achilles injury that made it hard for her to walk without a limp.

French Open champ Swiatek rises to 17th; Djokovic, Nadal 1-2

  French Open champ Swiatek rises to 17th; Djokovic, Nadal 1-2 French Open champion Iga Swiatek joined the Top 20 for the first time Monday by rising 37 spots in the WTA rankings to a career-best No. 17. Rafael Nadal’s 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday for a 13th championship at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam trophy in all — tying Roger Federer’s record for men — did not change the top of the ATP rankings. Djokovic, who won the Australian Open in February for his 17th major title, is still No. 1, with Nadal at No. 2, followed by U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem and Federer.The 19-year-old Swiatek entered the French Open at No.

Her sister, Venus, who is now 40, owns seven Grand Slam singles titles, but she lost in the first round in Paris, making her 0-3 in matches at majors this year.

The Swiatek vs. Kenin matchup made for the first French Open final between two women 21 or younger since Justine Henin beat Kim Clijsters in 2003.

Poland's Iga Swiatek plays a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Poland's Iga Swiatek plays a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“A new generation (is) coming up,” Kenin said. “It’s always good to see youngsters taking over and playing great tennis. It’s always good to mix it up.”

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AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire in Paris contributed.

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Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. Email him at hfendrich@ap.org or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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