Sofia Kenin to meet Iga Swiatek in the Roland Garros Women’s Final
(October 8, 2020) Australian Open champion and fourth seed Sofia Kenin of the United States will face off against unseeded 19-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland in the final of the 2020 French Open on Saturday. Both women won their semifinal matches on Thursday in straight sets.
Swiatek led off semifinals day with a 6-2, 6-1 dismissal of qualifier Nadia Podoroska from Argentina. Swiatek beat top seed Simona Halep in the fourth round on Sunday. Swiatek becomes just the seventh unseeded woman to reach the final of Roland Garros. It’s will be her first major final.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 8, 2020
“I never would have thought that I’m going to be in the final. It’s crazy,” said the Polish teen. “I just kept believing in myself. It’s amazing for me. It’ll like a dream come true. Basically I was a little bit, like, overwhelmed.
Kenin is into her her second major final of the year with a 6-4, 7-5 win over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
“It’s so special, honestly. I’m just really grateful with the way that I’m playing, with the way things are going. Yeah, I mean, it’s not easy getting to a Grand Slam final. Having two this year, it’s really special.”
“She’s such a tough player, she’s got a great aggressive game and such a big serve. I knew I had to bring my ‘A’ game in order to win,” Kenin said.
“I’m super proud of myself, it was a great match, and I’m super happy.”
The 21-year-old is set to play Swiatek on Saturday.
“I’ve had tough matches these past two weeks and I’m so excited to be in the final, ” Kenin said. “It’s incredible. I’m going to enjoy this moment today and get ready for the final tomorrow.”
“We played in juniors in the French Open. It was a close one. I’m going to prepare for the final and I’m going to do my best.”
“I’m definitely going to feel a bit nervous coming into the final. I’ve been there, done that. I know what the emotions are getting into your first Grand
Slam final. I’m hoping she’s going to be a little bit nervous.”
“I know what to expect, so I really hope it’s going to go well for me.”