Five things about Iga Swiatek, who on Saturday became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over American Sofia Kenin in the final.
Girl out of nowhere
– Until Saturday’s triumph, Swiatek’s only Tour-level final was in Lugano last year where she lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to the experienced Polona Hercog. Before Saturday, his biggest titles had been on the ITF’s second tour of Budapest and Montreux in 2018.
However, she had tasted previous success at Roland Garros – winning the women’s doubles title with Caty McNally in 2018.
Will you paradise
– Unlike most teenagers, Swiatek has a fondness for classic rock from Guns N’Roses to Pink Floyd to AC / DC.
“I always listen to Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’Roses because I want to keep my routines,” she said earlier in the tournament.
“Actually, I wanted to change that because right now it’s kinda boring to listen to the same song every day. But yeah, I stayed with Guns N’Roses because I wanted to win. ”
As the finale neared, she switched to Pink Floyd.
“I love learning to fly, comfortably numb, and recently I listened to Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” she told WTA Insider.
“If I want something more aggressive, AC / DC gets me in the mood. I listened to Thunderstruck before the matches. ”
School is over
– The 19-year-old arrived at Roland Garros wondering if her future was on a tennis court or in a university conference room.
“Right now, it’s going to be hard to make the decision to go back to school because I really feel like I can accomplish great things. I just want to focus on this.
“But I’m only 19, so a lot can change for a few years. We will see. Maybe I’ll be hungry for knowledge. Really, I’m not going to make a decision at this time. . ”
After Saturday and with a bank balance increased by $ 1.9 million, its future direction seems clear.
Fan of Nadal
– Swiatek is an unconditional fan of Rafael Nadal who will play Sunday in the men’s final in search of a 13th title at Roland Garros.
“He was the only player I watched when I was younger. I just wish him the best and I hope he has another French Open this year, ”she said.
On Saturday, NBC asked him, “Are you going to be in the stands tomorrow?” ”
“We’ll see if I get the tickets!” Said the Pole.
Sport in its DNA
– Swiatek’s father, Tomasz, is a former Olympic rower who competed in the men’s quadruple event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
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