Fourth seeded Sofia Kenin will look to double her Grand Slam title count when she takes on Poland’s Iga Swiatek at the 2020 French Open final on Saturday, October 10 with the match to start at around 4 pm local time (3 pm BST or 10 am Eastern Time). Get all the live streaming options of this Sofia Kenin v Iga Swiatek match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sofia Kenin v Iga Swiatek Head to Head
This will be the first time meeting between Kenin and Swiatek and what an occasion to do it – at a Grand Slam final.
Kenin Upsets Kvitova-Cart
Petra Kvitova was 1/2 odds to win her semifinal against Sofia Kenin. Instead, it was Kenin, who overturned the favourites tag and came through in a straight-set win, defeating Kvitova 6-4, 7-5.
It was Kenin’s power-hitting and cool temperament under pressure that saw her through in the end. At one stage in the second set, there had been a total of 10 break-points that either player had got and Kenin had won nine of them. By the end this figure read a very solid 14-3 win-loss for Kenin – a show of how well she played the big points.
Kvitova was broken first in both the sets. In the first, Kenin raced off to two breaks of serve and a chance to make it 5-1 before Kvitova came back by pulling one back, even serving out to love to get Kenin to serve it out at 5-4. Kenin held despite huge pressure by Kvitova.
In the second, Kenin broke in the fifth game only to lose serve on 15 while serving for the match at 5-4.
Not that it deterred her in any way. Kenin broke Kvitova right back and on the second chance she got to serve it out, the American did so after saving a break-point and clinching the match.
Kenin, who had already won the Australian Open and the Lyon Open earlier this year, had come into the tournament on the back of a 6-0, 6-0 defeat at the Italian Open at the hands of Victoria Azarenka.
She now stands on the cusp of a second Grand Slam title in the same year, a task not too many players whose name is not Serena Williams have managed in recent times.
Pole Punishment for Podoroska (and the Others)
Poland’s Swiatek is 19 years of age and has never won a WTA title before this and the one final she did reach came last year at the Ladies Open Lugano where she lost to Polona Hercog.
The talent had never been a question-mark and very frankly her performances at her previous Grand Slam appearances looked like an indicator to something massive for the future. Not too many expected it to happen this quickly and in this season.
She reached the final here by crushing the Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska, needing just 70 minutes to get past her opponent. Like she had done against most others. Before that 6-2, 6-1 win over Podoroska, the most games Swiatek had lost in a match in this tournament was five.
Swiatek’s biggest win this season came in this very tournament against Simona Halep, a tournament favourite and going into that match on a 18-match winning streak. The result was a 6-1, 6-2 drubbing.
What’s interesting to note is very much like Kenin, Swiatek had also played one match on clay before the French Open, and it had resulted in a straight-set loss at the Italian Open.
The difference, however, comes in the form of the matches this 54th-ranked Pole played during the pandemic break, having featured in the Elle Spirit Open in Switzerland and the Tipsport Elite Trophy in Czech Republic, both on clay and which had resulted in a 9-1 record for Swiatek.
Now comes a chance for her to join the French Open annals in becoming a teenage champion, something only six women players have done in the past. Will she become the seventh?
Kenin v Kvitova Prediction and Tip
Will this be the case of an immovable force meeting an unstoppable object? Swiatek has been in some murderous form, Kenin has been able to absorb a lot of pressure and push her opponents in making errors – who will win this battle? Swiatek is the bookmaker’s favourite but like the Kvitova-Kenin semifinal, this could be a tough battle that goes to the over games market.
Tip: Over 21.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)