Polish teenager Iga Swiatek becomes youngest woman to reach French Open final in 19 YEARS as she thrashes Nadia Podoroska in straight sets to book showdown with Sofia Kenin
- Swiatek has lost just 23 games during this tournament and is yet to drop a set
- Podoroska could have become the first qualifier to make a Grand Slam final
- Sofia Kenin is Swiatek’s opponent in the final after she defeated Petra Kvitova
At 19, Iga Swiatek has put her studies on hold and has referred to her early career as being something akin to a gap year.
It is turning out to be quite an adventure, as she is into her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she will meet Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, the world No 6.
Swiatek brushed aside Argentine outsider Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1, and has made it to the final without losing more than five games in any encounter.
Teenager Iga Swiatek has lost just 23 games en route to her first Grand Slam singles final
Nadia Podoroska was looking to make history but struggled to contain the energetic Pole
Not only that but this afternoon she is in the semi-finals of the doubles.
Swiatek, daughter of a former Polish Olympic oarsman, is ranked No 54 in the world.
Of her education, she said: ‘I’m only 19, so a lot can change during a few years.
Sofia Kenin will be looking to win her second Grand Slam of 2020 after beating Petra Kvitova
‘Right now it would be hard for me to study during this tournament and afterwards.’
American Kenin, 21, denied Petra Kvitova what would have been an emotional return to a major final after the trauma of being attacked by a knifeman at her home in late 2017. The double Wimbledon champion was defeated 6-4, 7-5.
It will be the first final since 2008 that features two players aged 21 or under.