A dream is extinguished. Another continues. Thursday on the Chatrier and in less time than it takes to tell (1h10), Iga Swiatek qualified for the final of the French Open. The 19-year-old Pole had no more pity for Nadia Podoroska than for her previous opponents. She became the first Polish player to make it to the Roland-Garros final in the Era Open.
The score is, once again, final: 6-1, 6-2. The first woman to reach Roland’s semi-finals after crossing the obstacle of qualifying, Podoroska did not exist but she is finishing the best fortnight of her career. Swiatek, she will try to push the adventure to the end and enter the big leagues on Saturday. It will be against a Grand Slam winner in any case. She waits for the winner of the second half between Sofia Kenin or Petra Kvitova.
Only one failed game for Swiatek
It was ultimately a long, lonely rider. Between two inexperienced players at this level in Grand Slam, Iga Swiatek clearly dominated this first semi-final. Considering what she’s been producing since the start of the tournament, that sounds like some logic. In six singles matches, the Polish, also still in the women’s doubles race (she is in the semifinals), has never spent more than 1h18 on the court, nor even conceded more than five games in a set. Faced with a Nadia Podoroska, who seemed taken by the stakes throughout the match, the Polish took the lead from the start. And she never released the hug.
Even when she chained the approximations to 4-0 in her favor in the second set to lose her serve, Swiatek did not let the doubt invade her. With her offensive game (23 winning shots), she resumed her march forward to win the next two games and validate her ticket to the final. Although missed out on her semi-final, Nadia Podoroska will console herself by looking at her new ranking on Monday. Ranked 131st before Roland-Garros, it will make its appearance in the Top 50 (48th). Against Kenin or Kvitova, Swiatek will not have the favor of the predictions. But with the serenity she exudes and the freshness of her game, nothing seems impossible for the one who will become, at a minimum, the 24th player in the world.