The day before Rafael Nadal earned his record-tying 20th Grand Slam title, Iga Swiatek snagged her first tour-level title and Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. The 19-year-old defeated 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
????Congratulations @RafaelNadal! It's amazing to kind of share this experience with you. Am I even allowed to say this?????— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) October 11, 2020
"Well, I'm just proud of myself. I've done a great job past two weeks," Swiatek told press. "I wasn't expecting to win this trophy. It's obviously amazing for me. It's, like, life-changing experience.
"Yeah, I just feel like I kind of made history."
Swiatek is the first Polish player in history to win a major and did so in dominate fashion. The unseeded teen did not drop a single set during her run in Paris. She is also the youngest French Open champion since Monica Seles in 1992.
????Me and my new friend...???? So grateful to hold beautiful Coupe Suzanne Lenglen and finally enjoy Paris from a different perspective than hotel room.????#trophyshoot #cityview pic.twitter.com/1iIvffcztq— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) October 11, 2020
During her run in Paris, Swiatek defeated multiple seeded players, including Marketa Vondrousova, top seed Simona Halep and Kenin. This is by far Swiatek's greatest tennis accomplishment, only previously reaching one tour-level final, on clay last year in Lugano.
????????It's hard to describe how special this day is for me. It's so strange to achieve something that seemed so distant... But yup... It's here - I'm a grand slam champion (whaaat?). Thank you @SofiaKenin for this final. I wish you all the best.???????? #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/ktIShQZLnj— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) October 10, 2020
Ranked No. 54 before the tournament, Swiatek has made her Top-20 debut, coming into the this week ranked No. 17.