Paris (AP) – Among the first to congratulate the sensation winner from Paris were Polish President Andrzej Duda and world number one Novak Djokovic.

“Big thanks and congratulations to Iga Swiatek! A historic day for Poland, Polish sport and Polish tennis. Bravo!”, Tweeted Duda. One day before his own final against defending champion Rafael Nadal, Djokovic wrote briefly: “Congratulations”.

19-year-old Iga Swiatek crowned her sensational run with a 6: 4, 6: 1 against Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin from the US and totally unexpectedly secured the title of the French Open. As the first professional tennis player from Poland and the youngest Roland Garros champion since Croatia’s Iva Majoli in 1997. “It’s crazy, two years ago I won a Grand Slam in the juniors,” she said, looking back on her Wimbledon title at the young people. 2018. “And now I’m here.”

World ranking 54. became the first player since Belgium’s Justine Henin to triumph at the French Open in 2007 without losing a set and as the lowest placed player ever. When Swiatek used her first game ball with a creaking forehand after 1:24 p.m. on the Philippe Chatrier field, she fell to her knees and grabbed her bat with both hands. She shook her head, covered her eyes and mouth, and finally leaped across the square with her arms raised to thank the few spectators allowed in the center court.

“I don’t know what’s happening now. I’m so happy, it’s just overwhelming,” Swiatek said in an on-field interview before having to cut it off later, overwhelmed by her emotions.

The Warsaw teenager has played carefree for the past few weeks, impressing with an aggressive and fearless first-round style of play. In the final against number six in the world Kenin, Swiatek managed to make a turbo start again. She quickly took the lead 3-0, dominated the rallies and won set one after 48 minutes.

In the second round, Kenin had to be treated and took a three-minute medical break. Apparently not in full possession of her powers, the 21-year-old no longer had enough to stand up to her opponent, so Swiatek crowned her sensational run through the tournament with the title and at 4:50 PM the silver Suzanne Lenglen trophy. received.

The Warsaw native graduated from high school this spring and has since devoted herself fully to her tennis career. She comes from a family of athletes: her father Tomasz Swiatek represented the Polish national team as a rower at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. It was also her father who came up with the idea of ​​tennis for his daughters. “First my sister Agata, who was three years older than me, played. I watched it and was jealous of her,” recalls Iga Swiatek in a recent interview with the “Gazeta Wyborcza”.

While the sister was exercising, she and her father were hitting balls back and forth on the edge of the tennis court. Later on, her father was always the one who encouraged her to exercise, even though she often didn’t feel like it as a child, the winner of the French Open recently told YouTube portal “Kanal Sportowy”. When the Polish national anthem sounded on Saturday afternoon and Swiatek’s eyes shone over the mouth and nose guards, the efforts were forgotten.

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