(Paris) Sofia Kenin of the United States reached the final of the France Open for the first time after defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 on Thursday.
Kenin, the fourth seed, was shattered while serving for the game at 5-4. She fought back the same, though, before saving a break point and converting her first match point when Kvitova's return lacked precision.
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Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrating her semi-final victory over Argentina's Nadia Podoroska.
The defending Australian Open champion has won 16 Grand Slam games so far this season, a record high. She started out triumphing at Melbourne Park in Australia, before reaching the fourth round at the US Open last month.
Kenin thus became the third American player in as many years to qualify for two Grand Slam finals in the same season, after Serena Williams in 2018 and 2019.
She will face in the final the young Polish Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek became the seventh unranked player in French Open history to reach the final of the tournament following her 6-2, 6-1 victory over qualifying Argentina Nadia Podoroska.
This is a first Grand Slam tournament final for the 19-year-old.
Ranked 131 th in the world, Podoroska turn is the player ranking lowest to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros.
The final will be presented on Saturday.