Paris (dpa) – congratulations from the president to the Bayern star, cheers in the local press – and of course the inevitable comparisons to Serena Williams & Co. With her fabulous victory at the French Open, 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek entranced and amazed the tennis world.
Swiatek not only won in Paris, she flew through the tournament virtually. She shocked the world of women’s tennis, although it has been full of surprises for years. She played offensively and effectively, wonderfully, at times as the greatest virtuosos in the history of tennis, ‘Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Sunday.
FC Bayern attacker Robert Lewandowski congratulated both on social networks and the number one in the world Novak Djokovic. With the 6: 4, 6: 1 against US Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, the Warsaw teenager not only crowned two wonderful weeks, but also left one or two striking footnotes in the history of international women’s tennis. .
“Every year I watched Rafa raise the trophy here. It’s crazy to be in the same place now,” said Swiatek, recalling Spanish defending champion Rafael Nadal. Swiatek is the first Polish tennis professional ever to have Grand Slam merit. She is the youngest French Open winner since Croatia’s Iva Majoli in 1997.
As the first player since the Belgian Justine Henin in 2007, she won the Paris title without losing a set. She gave up just 28 games (five of them in the final, believe it or not just three in the last sixteen at 6: 1, 6: 2 against top favorite and second in the world, Simona Halep) on her way to the title. Serena Williams last appeared so dominant seven years ago, losing 21 games to the title.
It’s hard to predict whether Swiatek will settle with the best in the world and not the so-called one-hit wonders. There is a lot to suggest she has a great future with her aggressive style of play and seemingly unbelievable nerves.
“We will hear a lot from her, she will win many more tournaments,” said Eurosport expert Boris Becker. Swiatek graduated from high school in the spring, works with a psychologist, and speaks openly about it. There was only one thing that the 19-year-old was (still) a little bit overwhelmed: at the awards ceremony, she was so overwhelmed by her emotions that at one point she couldn’t speak anymore.