Meet Iga Swiatek, the 19-Year-Old Tennis Player Who Won the 2020 French Open
Iga Swiatek just made history as the first Polish tennis player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title. On Oct. 10, the 19-year-old beat American tennis player Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1. This is Swiatek's first Grand Slam title. "I'm so happy and I'm so glad that my family was here," she said after the match. "It's just overwhelming for me." According to the Women's Tennis Association, this was the first Grand Slam final between two players 21 or under since 2008 (Kenin is 21).
Swiatek, who is from Warsaw, Poland, was ranked No. 54 in the world going into the French Open. In 2019, she cracked the top 100 and finished the season at No. 61. She had an impressive junior career, winning the girls' singles title at Wimbledon in 2018.
She's coached by Piotr Sierzputowski, and her dad is former Olympic rower Tomasz Swiatek. According to the WTA, Swiatek started playing tennis "because her older sister was playing and [she] wanted to beat her." Looks like she did a little more than beat her sister! Scroll ahead to see some photos of Swiatek dominating the court during the French Open and taking home the trophy.