Sofia Kenin vs Iga Swiatek, French Open 2020 final: live score and latest updates
Iga Swiatek will face Sofia Kenin in today's French Open final - Getty Images
With Iga Swiatek, the teenager became the next tennis superstar
Kenin * 0-3 Swiatek (* denotes the next server)
A fabulous drop shot is too good for Kenin as Swiatek continues her go-ahead for this final. It's amazing how calm and controlled she looks out there. Kenin looks scared and nervous on the other end. She eventually takes a first point from the Swiatek serve with a backhand return down the line. But it's the only point at which she manages this game.
Kenin 0-2 Swiatek * (* denotes the next server)
Aggressive return leg from Swiatek as she attacks Kenin's serve to give him a 15-30 lead. The Pole takes the ball early and hits it full throttle into Kenin's shoelace to set up a first hold. The American produces a solid defensive game and mixes things up with a bit of cutting, but then overshoots a baseline. SWIATEK BREAKS
Kenin * 0-1 Swiatek (* denotes the next server)
It is 19-year-old Swiatek who opens the serve for this final. A heavy shadow hangs over the square, Kenin, taped to her left thigh, in the full sunshine at the other end. The teenager is very calm, goes back to three game points and closes a love game with a forehand in the corner.
Here you come
Teenage Swiatek first steps into Philippe Chatrier's court, headphones on while listening to Guns R Roses as it has become her favorite music over the past fortnight. Only 1,000 spectators are scattered around the arena, but they do their best to make enough noise. Kenin follows the courtyard in the sunshine. The warm-up takes place.
One word - dominant
In a fortnight of Victoria Azarenka and Rafael Nadal complaining about the cold, today's finalists can feel a little warmth from the sunshine on offer in Paris today.
The forecast is for sunny intervals with a light breeze and a high of 14c.
The overview of Swiatek
With just seven hours of court time during their run to today's final, it was very blinking and missed Swiatek's Paris trial.
Tennis correspondent Simon Briggs did an overview of the teen and how the finalist had a British mentor who helped the teen rise quickly. Here is an excerpt:
Swiatek lives in Raszyn, a suburb of the Polish capital Warsaw, and is trained by a compatriot in Piotr Sierzputowski. But she has a British mentor in Nick Brown, a 59-year-old whose own career peaked when he ousted Goran Ivanisevic from Wimbledon in 1991.
Read the full background here.
And then there were two
Afternoon and welcome to the coverage of today's French Open Women's Final. It's been a strange few weeks in Paris, with chilly temperatures, gusty winds and just a few spectators at Roland Garros, which gave the players a completely different taste. In fact, it is not the last two experts that fans would have predicted at the start of the fortnight.
While Sofia Kenin made headlines in January when she won her first major at the Australian Open, she only presented a humiliating double bagel from US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka at the warm-up tournament in Rome last month.
Today she wants to be the first woman to have won multiple majors in a single season since 2016. Standing in the way is the vacant teenage girl Iga Swiatek, who knocked down all of her opponents who were brought before her in Paris.
The run of the 19-year-olds to their first big final was stunning. After announcing her intentions with last year's French Open runner-up and 19th Marketa Vondrousova for losing three games in their first game, beating top seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 stunned the whole thing Tennis world.
Nothing worried world number 54. She has to drop one more set at this year's tournament and has only received 23 games in her six games. The last woman who won the title in Paris without losing a set was Justine Henin in 2007. While Mary Pierce lost the fewest games on the way to the final in 1994.
Before today's final, Swiatek was stress-free and nonchalant.
"I feel ready. I also feel like I don't have to win. I pretty much agree with both scenarios," she said.
"I'll just focus on it like it's another game. I feel like the pressure isn't on me. Right now I'm just enjoying that I have a great run in the singles.
"I think if I do win it will be crazy and super overwhelming for me. But while there is chaos around me when I get to court I feel like my thoughts are clear. Just focus on that Play and get back to basics. "
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