Sofia Kenin has already won one Grand Slam title in 2020 at the Australian Open.
Now she is one victory away from adding a second.
Kenin, ranked No. 4, could become the first American since Serena Williams in 2015 to win several major titles in a calendar year when she plays in the French Open final on Saturday against unseeded Ijja Schwicchetk from Poland.
Serena actually won three of the four major titles that year.
Kenin, 21, advanced to the Roland Garros final with a 6-4, 7-5 win over seventh seed Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimbledon champion. Earlier, Shevitek defeated seed Nadia Podorowska 6-2 6-1 to become the first Polish woman of the open era to reach the French final.
Winner receives $ 1,894,332 and Runner-up $ 947,166.
“I’ve already done it in Australia,” Kenin said. “I’ve had tough matches during the past two weeks and I’m so excited to be in the final. It’s unbelievable. I’m going to enjoy this moment today and prepare for the final tomorrow.
“We played for the juniors in the French Open. It was close. I will prepare for the final and do my best.”
One key question heading to the final: How will Świątek handle the pressure?
A year ago, unseeded Markéta Vondroušová reached the final, but Ash Party beat it 6-1, 6-3.
“In the Grand Slam final, we saw Vondroušová last year really collapse when I got to that final,” said Lindsay Davenport on the Tennis Channel.
“I don’t think the same will happen to Shwetek, but Kenin has the advantage of having additional experience in Australia.”
However, not many tennis fans expected to see Kenin in the final in Paris. After all, she was crushed 6-0, 6-0 by Victoria Azarenka in Rome in her last match coming to Paris.
She said in the New York Times, “Believe it or not, I really hated mud.”
Kenin is now 16-1 in majors this year.
While Kenin has survived several close matches, including a three-set victory over American Daniel Collins in the semi-finals, wiątek has not lost more than five matches in any match so far.
The 19-year-old defeated top seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round, which shocked the tennis world.
The last woman to win Roland Garros without losing a set was Justin Henin 2007.
“I’m kind of amazed! I never thought before the tournament that I would play well,” She said. “ But I always knew that if I were to go into the final of a Grand Slam, it would be the French Open.
“That’s what I planned to convey. I wanted to play this match like it was a first round. I didn’t want to think about being in the semi-finals because it would stress me out. I kept being aggressive, like in previous matches. I feel lucky because I feel good and nothing hurts me.”
Wiątek won’t get a full day off before the final either. She is in the semi-final of doubles on Friday with partner Nicole Millichar.
Kenin and Shvetiek reached the final in a unique tournament that has been moved from May / June to September / October due to the pandemic.
Four of the world’s top 10 women surpassed the event, including world number 1 Party, and No. 3-ranked Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open.
Winner Serena Williams withdrew 23 times before the second round match due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Whatever happens in the Women’s Final, she is sure to be the French Open champion for the first time this year.
In the last 14 major tournaments, 11 different women have won, Osaka (3) and Halep (2) have won more than one. The last player to win twice in one year was Angelique Kerber in 2016.
Now either Kenin joins that select group of multiple slam winners, or Świątek will have her first major title.
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