Roland Garros 2020 For the fifth consecutive year, the brand-new French tournament champion
LThe last tennis player to win two Grand Slam in the same season was Angelique Kerber in 2016. His were the Australian Open and US Open trophies. The German was then 28 years old and was never the young face that the WTA was looking for to replace Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova as icons.
The Russian hung up the racket last February, tired of dragging on physical problems, and Serena is beginning to be haunted by injuries because age does not forgive. In the preview of the French Open he reached 39 springs. And his sister Venus has long been a shadow of what she was.
Since Kerber reigned four seasons ago in the Big Apple, there have been 10 different champions: Serena, Jelena Ostapenko, Garbie Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Ashley Barty, Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin. Only Osaka and Halep repeated.
In that time interval between men there were only as winners Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the members of the Big Three, and Dominic Thiem. Although the Austrian benefited in the last US Open from the losses of Nadal and Federer and the disqualification of Djokovic to make his place.
Kenin, at 21, and if you take into account her American nationality, is the closest to a present and future leader for the WTA. He is opting to win his second major in 10 months.
In front of him will be Iga Swiatek, a Pole who does not reach twenty and who has surprised by her impudence and by the fact of standing last Saturday without giving up a set. She occupies in the final the role that the Czech Marketa Vondrousova had in 2019.
It is certain that for the fifth season in a row, Paris will have a new queen, demonstrating the comings and goings in women’s tennis. The Australian Barty, who has only played four tournaments and 14 games in 2020 due to the pandemic that is holding her back in her country, continue to be number one because no rival is able to catch a regularity.
While Kenin did an hour-long practice, as he usually does between matches, Swiatek played and lost the doubles semifinals alongside Nicole Melichar. His executioners were the Chilean Guarachi and the American Desirae Krawczyk by 7-6 (5), 1-6 and 6-4.
At 19, he has plenty of energy. Poland is very aware of her. The only tennis player from that country who had come so far in the French capital, Jadwiga Jedrzejowska lost the 1939 final to local Simonne Mathieu, precisely the French legend that gives its name to the third stadium of Roland Garros.
To find the last Yankee who inscribed her name in the Suzanne Lenglen cup, we must go back to Jennifer Capriati in 2001. The USTA, lacking a youth academy in men’s tennis, boasts of having an arsenal of future players with Kenin, Coco Gauff or Jennifer Brady.
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