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Poland’s Garros Swiatek powers to landmark French Open triumph

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates with the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. AFP
Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates with the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. AFP

PARIS: Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won her country's first Grand Slam singles title on Saturday as she defeated American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 to become the youngest women's French Open champion since 1992.

The 19-year-old Swiatek, at 54 the lowest-ranked woman to capture the Roland Garros title in the modern era, is the ninth first-time major champion in the past 14 Grand Slams.

“It had to be that another underdog won a Grand Slam in women's tennis. It is so often right now that it is crazy,” said Swiatek, who captured her first tour title in the process.

“I don't know what's going on. It's overwhelming for me, it's crazy. “Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam (at Wimbledon) and now I'm here. It feels like such a short time.”

Swiatek is the youngest women's French Open winner since Monica Seles lifted the trophy as an 18-year-old in 1992. She is the first teenage champion since Iva Majoli in 1997. AFP