Roland-Garros: Iga Swiatek crowned, like a promise

Under the cobblestones of a very small final, the story: for the very first time, a Pole (s) wins a Grand Slam tournament, a performance that even the great Agnieszka Radwańska, yet world No. 2 in 2012, has not even scratched the surface since it has never played the final of one of the four major tournaments of the season. On Saturday, Iga Swiatek cut the Porte d’Auteuil line. After eight days of god’s fire, the Romanian No.1 seed in the tournament Simona Halep boned (6-2, 6-1) in one hour, her semi-final against Argentina Nadia Podoroska dispatched in the same tempo ( 6-2, 6-1) and a final that was never really disputed against the American Sofia Kenin: 6-4, 6-1.

And Swiatek is only 19 years old, no big event experience, at least on the senior circuit, only one final to his name so far. “I don’t understand anything about what is going on, I’m happy, it’s crazy for me, she explained to the microphone of the organization of the tournament before thanking those present. It all came so fast for me. I thank my family, who came [à Paris] for me.” The Polish was classy: after her victory, before talking about her own match, she had a word for her opponent of the day, clearly diminished and who asked for a medical time out at 1-2 against her in the second set. In no case a shadow in the course of the 54th world (before the tournament, it will evolve) since Swiatek has simply not lost a set of the fortnight.

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Confusion and helplessness

Embarrassed in her travels, Kenin started her final by releasing 3 games in 8 minutes before recovering from the errors of the Polish (3-3 in just over a quarter of an hour) and losing the set on the train , facing a Swiatek having obviously more strings and variations to its bow. The huge plaster placed on the left leg of the American could explain her difficulties in the game, the tears on the edge of Kenin’s eyes during the last games can also translate the distress and helplessness. Swiatek, however, stuck in the mind.

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She did indeed run Kenin, since that was the game, and had the merit of staying in the moment rather than projecting herself into more and more obvious success as the points progressed. Bernard Giudicelli and Mary Pierce, respectively president of the French Tennis Federation and former winner of the tournament, were treated to a little bit of disinfectant before handing the cup. History to recall a context that nobody had the slightest chance of forgetting since the Philippe-Chatrier was deserted, and that is the end of it. A ghost tournament, the Polish national anthem which rises in the Parisian sky and a 19-year-old winner like a promise: a year like no other.

Gregory Schneider


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