Teenager Iga Swiatek dominated qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to become the first Polish woman to reach the final at the French Open
Poland’s Swiatek, whose victory propelled her to 24th in the rankings, will compete on Saturday in the final against one of two Grand Slam champions, in Petra Kvitova or Sofia Kenin.
No. 54 Swiatek is into the title match without the loss of a set after defeating No. 131 Podoroska. The Argentine is the lowest-ranked woman to ever reach a Paris semi-final.
“I’m kind of surprised,” the winner who also plays a doubles semi on Friday,” said. “But I knew if I was going to make a Grand Slam final it would be here in Paris.
“This is a dream for sure.
“I was nervous and tried to play this match like it was a first round, I didn’t want to think of it as a semi-final – it would stress me.
Swiatek got out of the blocks fast, running up a 3-0 lead. The 19-year-old claimed the opener with two breaks of her South American opponent.
The second set began exactly as the first, with Swiatek in complete contro with a 4-0 margin. She lost serve after saving there break points as Podoroska climbed to 1-4.
But the success was nullified a game later with a break-back. Swiatek completed her trip to the final on her first match point with a service winner after 72 minutes.
“I played aggressive like in previous matches, I’m lucky that I’m feeling good and nothing is hurting me. I hope to play a good final in two days,” she said.