The 19-year-old from Poland had a devastating step, in which she did not lose a single set. The highest point was against the Romanian Halep, in the second round.
Iga Swiatek came with an overwhelming pace on the way to the final of Roland Garros 2020, but the world took note of her power when she defeated by demolition the Romanian Simona Halep, the world number two and top favorite in the tournament, who could not do against the solidity of the Pole who already seemed to advance firmly towards definition.
Before and after that game, the 19-year-old tennis player always played the same way and crushed her rivals in the same way, so much so that The bookmakers give her as a favorite in the final that will play against the American Sofia Kenin this Saturday from 10 (Argentine time), at the Philippe Chatrier stadium in the Roland Garros complex.
The victory of the Pole pays almost half of what a possible victory for Kenin grants: 1.53 against 2.60. And in those numbers the way in which each one reached the final is reflected, especially the European one, who is ranked 54th in the ranking, while her rival this Saturday is sixth and is the fourth seed in the Open from France.
Swiatek is 19 years old but, at least at this Roland Garros, he looks older, for power, confidence and posture in every game. In her campaign in Paris on her way to the final, the European did not give up sets.
In his six participations, the tightest partial he had was in the second round against the native of Taipei Hsieh Su-Wei, whom she beat 6-1, 6-4.
In the debut she had crushed the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (19 in the ranking) by 6-1 and 6-2, in the first confrontation between the two.
With the Taiwanese Hsieh the scenario was the same, since they had never played, in the same way the Canadian Eugene Bouchard was surprised, currently in position 168 of the WTA but top 5 in 2014, who took a 6-3 and 6 -2 on his farewell to the Bois de Boulogne.
In the round of 16, Swiatek dominated Romanian Simona Halep (1st favorite) in the Philippe Chatrier, defeating her 6-1 and 6-2. It was a revenge for Swiatek, who the previous year had been beaten by the same rival for 6-1 and 6-0. So forceful was the Polish demonstration that she did not give Halep a single chance to break service.
From there, the lights of Paris began to point towards who is the best teenager located in the world ranking above Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova.
With the Italian Martina Trevisan (159) it was the third time he met, but the previous two had been in the first rounds. In Warsaw 2017, on brick dust, a teenager Swiatek (only 16 years old) lost against the Italian by 6.-2, 2-6 and 6-2.
And in Birmingham 2019, on grass, the Polish won in straight sets 6-3 and 6-4. In the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, the young woman uneven: she won 6-3 and 6-1.
Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska could do little in the semifinals against Swiatek’s forcefulness. The Polish achieved 23 winners, against only six of the Rosario, and in unforced errors they were matched, 20 each, but the difference had been established in the offensive fury of the European, who also broke the serve of Argentina five times in the nine chances he had.
In the six singles matches, she spent exactly seven hours on the Roland Garros courts, while Sofia Kenin had to demand much more, for the 10 hours and 34 minutes it required to reach the final.
But the Polish also went far in the doubles draw, in a pair with the American Nicole Melichar, with whom they recently lost in the semifinals against the Chilean Alexa Guarachi and the American Desirae Krawczyk 7-6 (5), 1-6 and 6- 4 in 2 hours and 28 minutes.
Kenin also played in doubles, with her compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands, but they only advanced to the second round, when they lost to Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
Even so, Swiatek played less than his rival in the final, adding singles and doubles: 13 hours and 51 minutes, when Kenin did so for 16 hours and 52 minutes.