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Chris Bower: Iga Swiatek beats Sofia Kenin at French Open for first grand slam title

The Devlin Radio Show

Not even a grand slam champion who has carved out a reputation for being one of the top competitors around could stop a surging Iga Swiatek in the French Open final.Swiatek raced to her first major and became Poland's first grand slam singles winner thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 victory in Paris over Sofia Kenin, who said she was hindered by a lingering leg injury."I just feel like I kind of made history but I still think that (Agnieszka) Radwanska, she achieved a lot because she played on the top level of the WTA for, I don't know, 12 years," Swiatek said, referring to the recently retired 2012 Wimbledon finalist and top 10 regular. "I don't even know the number."I know there's going to be a lot of people who is going to compare us. But I think I have to be really consistent for the next couple years to everybody to name me like the best player in Poland because still I have a lot to do."But for now, Swiatek also became the first female to win the tournament without dropping a set since Justine Henin in 2007 and the youngest champion in southwest Paris since her favorite player, Rafael Nadal.The Spaniard was also 19 in 2005."Every year I was watching how Rafa lifts the trophy so it's crazy that I am in the same place," Swiatek said during the trophy presentation.Another accolade?At No. 54, no women's player had ever been ranked as low and cradled the trophy.If her junior career is anything to go by, none of this should be a massive surprise.Swiatek triumphed in the Wimbledon juniors in 2018, a few weeks after capturing the junior doubles title at Roland Garros.Sports run in her family, as her dad represented Poland in rowing at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988. He was in attendance Saturday along with other family and the player's sports psychologist, whose birthday it was.The one thing missing was her cat."I'm so happy," Swiatek. "And I'm so glad my family was here finally.""It's just overwhelming for me. Two years ago I won a junior grand slam and right now I'm here. It's been like such a short time."Swiatek is good friends with Naomi Osaka, who upped her grand slam tally to three by winning the US Open last month. She is an aggressive player like her pal, seeking to dictate with her powerful, heavily spun forehand.Fast starts have been a hallmark of her play in Paris and seemingly without any nerves in her first major final, she duly took a 3-0 lead. Maybe her pre-match song, 'Welcome to the Jungle' by rock band Guns N'Roses, has helped, although she did admit the nerves were there.Mostly sunny conditions greeted the players in fall temperatures of around 15 degrees Celsius after the event shifted its date from late May due to the coronavirus pandemic.It was the sixth time in her seven outings Swiatek led by a break prior to the first sit down, including when she stunned pre-tournament favorite Simona Halep in the fourth round.But the gutsy Australian Open champion did mount a comeback.Kenin broke to stay in the set for 4-5 with a sizzling backhand return, only to drop serve immediately.The American broke serve to start the second but once again the response was immediate from Swiatek.Already sporting tape to her left leg, Kenin took a medical timeout at 1-2 and returned with heavy strapping but it did little to change her fortunes."She obviously played a really good match," the 21-year-old said. "She's, like, really hot right now, playing some really great tennis."I'm not going to use this as an excuse, but my leg obviously was not the best. It's obviously disappointing."Even if she was fully healthy, Swiatek would have been difficult to stop.During the medical timeout, some fans in attendance -- they were capped at 1,000 -- gave Swiatek yet more encouragement.Swiatek sealed the contest in one hour, 24 minutes with a 25th winner -- compared to only 17 unforced errors -- and moments later was in the stands hugging her camp.Even while sprinting to the final, Swiatek didn't discount focusing on her st...


11 Oct 2020

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112: Sofia Kenin, Roland Garros & Launderettes


It has been a rollercoaster ride of a Roland Garros and as we near the end of the event Gigi and Naomi get stuck in to some of the main themes to come out of the past two weeks. These include sport psychologists, upsets, dream runs and a baguette update... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Oct 2020

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Sofia Kenin

The Racquet Magazine Tennis Podcast

The 2020 Australian Open champion talks about growing up an underdog, being the 'next big thing,' and whether or not she actually knows how to grip her own racquet. This episode is brought to you by Sergio Tacchini, revitalizing and disrupting the status quo since 1966. Go to https://www.sergiotacchini.com/ and enter the code RACQUETMAG for 30% off your order.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Mar 2020

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Episode 243f: Australian Open - Sofia Kenin's American Dream Come True

No Challenges Remaining

Ben and Courtney wrap up the Australian Open starting with the women's side, in which Sofia Kenin leaves Melbourne as the unexpected champion.How did she fly under the radar for so long? What does her story say about the immigrant experience in tennis? And what can we expect next from her?We also discuss Garbine Muguruza's revival, Ash Barty's coping mechanism, and more from the second week of the Australian Open on the women's side. Men's wrap show out soon!  If you'd like to support our show, we've launched an NCR Patreon where you can do just that! Check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you!  As always, thanks for liking us on Facebook (leave comments on the episode thread! Engage with other listeners!), following us on Twitter (discuss this episode with hashtag #NCRAusOpen!), and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.


3 Feb 2020

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25. Australian Open: Djokovic Makes it 8 Titles & Sofia Kenin Arrives

Open Era

Devang and Simon are joined by theScore’s Joe Wolfond to wrap up a thrilling Australian Open. Novak Djokovic captured his eighth title in Melbourne against a very game Dominic Thiem while Sofia Kenin stunned the tennis world with her first Grand Slam. The guys also voice their thoughts on the terrible scheduling at the tournament and weigh in on the never ending GOAT debate. Mailbag episode is coming next week so drop your questions @OpenEraPod on Twitter.


2 Feb 2020

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Champions Corner: Sofia Kenin proves them wrong at the Australian Open.

WTA Insider Podcast

Sofia Kenin became the youngest Australian Open champion since one of her idols Maria Sharapova and is set to become the youngest American to make her Top 10 debut since her other idol, Serena Williams. Now she's ready for her close-up after winning her maiden Slam by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. 


2 Feb 2020

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Garbiñe Muguruza vs. Sofia Kenin | Finale | Pronostic | Open D'Australie 2020

Game, Set & Talk

Garbiñe Muguruza visera un 3e titre du Grand-Chelem à l’Open d’Australie après ceux de Roland-Garros et Wimbledon. En face d’elle se présente Sofia Kenin qui jouera sa première finale majeure. Alors l’expérience ou la jeunesse va s’imposer ?


31 Jan 2020

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Australian Open 2020: Sofia Kenin, the number-one in the US - Алекс Кенин рано заметил у дочери теннисный талант

SBS Russian - SBS на русском языке

Sofia Kenin already in the quarterfinals of Australian Open and can quite realistically become the number-one in the US. Her father and coach, Alex Kenin, opens up about the challenges the family faced, including in leaving their home country Russia, and how Maria Sharapova helped Sofia. - Хотя София Кенин и родилась в Москве, она стала американской спортсменкой. К своему совершеннолетию (21 год) у нее внушительный список наград и титулов. Успешно выступая на Australian Open и выйдя в четвертьфинал, она вполне реально стоит на пути к обретению рейтинга первой ракетки США.В откровенном интервью папа и тренер Сони Алекс Кенин рассказывает, как заметил у совсем маленькой дочки необычно хорошую координацию, о том, как проходил ее рост как теннисистки, и о трудных первых шагах в новой стране.


28 Jan 2020

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Under Review Tennis Podcast

Sofia Kenin is 20 years old and #20 in the world.. Having just semi-finaled The Canadian Open AND Cincinnati, Sofia enters The US Open on fire.  Known for playing fast and grinding it out, Sofia is one of the most dangerous women on the tour. Amongst her wins she counts Azarenka, Osaka, Sharapova, Barty and Serena Williams. And we have her on the podcast today. American Tennis powerhouse, Sofia Kenin is going to discuss her meteoric rise, tell us why she thinks her father knows everything about tennis and what it’s like to beat your childhood idol. (Recorded August 20, 2019. Released August 27 2019). UNDER REVIEW is a podcast in which tennis insiders share unique stories and insightful perspective. For more information, please contact info@underreviewtennis.com Supplemental Material: More episodes of UNDER REVIEW featuring current WTA Players: SHELBY ROGERS NICOLE GIBBS BIANCA ANDREESCU BELINDA BENCIC


26 Aug 2019

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20-Year-Old American Sofia Kenin

Beyond The Baseline: SI's Tennis Podcast with Jon Wertheim

On this week's episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with 20-year-old rising American, Sofia "Sonya" Kenin, from Madrid. Now ranked No. 37 on the WTA Tour, Kenin talks with Wertheim about her quick transition from the juniors to the pros; her 2017 U.S. Open third round match against her idol, Maria Sharapova, under the lights on Arthur Ashe; how that match helped her make the decision to turn professional; why she likes having her father as her coach; and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 May 2019