Zhang Ailing said that "become famous as soon as possible", but in the past few years, the new generation of women's tennis has always fallen "on the last step". Fortunately, Roland Garros in 2020 has finally really started a youth storm. Under the sunshine of Paris, 19-year-old Svyatke and 21-year-old Kenning stood apart in the finals last night. This is after the 2008 Australian Open, Sharapova and Ivanovic competed After the championship, the youngest Grand Slam women's singles final faced off. In the end, Svyatke, who was younger and ranked lower, won the championship.
Standing on the podium, Kenning, holding the runner-up trophy, looked at the Susan Langlen Cup in Svyatke’s hands from time to time, with envy, unwillingness, and determination in her eyes. She and this " There will be many sequels to the story between old acquaintances...
Before the start of the game, on the WTA official website, the record of the encounter between Svyatke and Kenning was still blank, and the comment clearly stated: "This will be the first meeting of the two." However, in fact, the first battle yesterday was the "second handshake" of two young girls. Their first encounter occurred as early as 4 years ago.
In the summer of 2016, 15-year-old Svyatke was standing at the entrance of the stadium with his bag on his back, watching Roland Garros's clay court tremblingly. That was the first time she participated in the Grand Slam youth competition. Because of the lack of rankings, she had to start from the qualifying rounds. Unexpectedly, Lien Chan won the third round. On the other side, 17-year-old Kenning is already a well-known rising star. As the No. 10 seed of the tournament, Kenning's opponent in the third round was a Polish girl with a slightly slurred name. Yes, that was Svyatke.
Before that game, most people were optimistic about Kenning, after all, Sviatek was unknown and lacking experience. But on the field, the audience realized that sometimes ability and ranking are not completely linked. With his changeable points and good feel, Svyatke became the winner, and many people, including Kenning, remembered this little sister who always loves to wear hats. And what happened last night is like a replica of that game. Kenning, the Australian Open champion and top 10 player in the world, once again messed up in front of Svyatke and eventually became the background board for the new champion. . No wonder she sighed after the game: "First of all, Iga (Svyatke) played really well, I want to congratulate her, and then I want to say that it is enough for the same situation to appear twice, and the next time I hope the result will be different."
Seeking common ground while reserving differences
Although both belong to the new generation of tennis, the styles of Kenning and Svyatke on and off the court are completely opposite.
In the finals, facing the 14℃ low temperature in Paris, the Polish girl honestly wore long sleeves, but the American girl still played in a short vest. There was a mistake in the game, Svyatke murmured a few words at most, turned around and prepared for the next point. Kenning thought about it, knocked on the net belt and beat the beat, showing his emotions thoroughly. No wonder someone said with a smile: "The two sides in the final are like ice and fire, seemingly incompatible, but they both enjoy it very much, and they can produce a special chemical reaction." In all fairness, they have been "dominated" by a slightly monotonous scream for a long time. Later, the women’s tennis world really needs such a personality and contrast, just like this time at the French Open, letting people see a new atmosphere.
The way of playing can be very different, but for Svyatke and Kenning, one thing must be the same, that is, the two are not willing to make success "short-lived". After winning the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, Kenning unexpectedly stopped in the top 16 at the US Open. At one point, it was worried that she would repeat the mistakes of several seniors. The stumbling in the first few rounds of the French Open has made people sweat for her psychological endurance. Even Svyatke, who just won the championship, has been looked down upon by some people, thinking that she may embark on the old path of Ostapenko. To these questions, the two answered exactly the same: "There are many uncertainties in the future. What you can do as players is to train hard, play well in every game, and strive to win more tournaments and Grand Slam victories." It can be heard that after the trip to Paris, the two young girls have set their sights on the future, and the new generation of female players represented by them may open a whole new era.
Reporter Lu Weixin
1 Svyatok aspired the French Open women's singles champion yesterday, becoming Poland's first Grand Slam singles champion.
2 The 19-year-old Svyatke is the second unseeded player to win the French Open women's singles championship after Ostapenko in 2017. He is also the youngest since the 18-year-old Seles reached the summit in 1992. French Open women's singles champion.
13 Svyatke is the first French Open women's singles champion who has not lost a set in 13 years to win the championship. The last one was Haining in 2007.
54 Svyatke ranked 54th in the world during the French Open. She became the lowest-ranked women's singles champion in French Open history since the introduction of the ranking in 1975. After winning the championship, her world ranking will jump to 17th.