French Open 2020: Robert Lewandowski welcomes the success of Pole Iga Swiatek


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was delighted after Iga Swiatek ended Poland's long wait for a Grand Slam individual champion.

The 19-year-old Swiatek celebrated a breathtaking fourteen days at Roland Garros with a 6: 4: 6: 1 win against Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the Paris final on Saturday.

The unset player didn't drop a set over her seven rounds; Other notable victories included an emphatic win over tournament favorite Simona Halep in the fourth round and a clash with 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova in her first game.

Two years ago she won the junior title at Wimbledon and had never reached the last eight of a tennis major before that tournament.

Their run to victory caught the attention of Lewandowski, another sporting success story of Poland.

"What an amazing success, what a great story! Nice work, Iga Swiatek," wrote Lewandowski on Twitter after defeating Kenin. He also sent a message of support earlier this week.

Swiatek had previously pointed out the traction that had gotten its run at the event in their country.

"I would like to thank all the fans and all the spectators in Poland. I know it's pretty crazy at home," she said in her interview in court.

Swiatek was later asked at her press conference if she understood that her life was about to change.

"That's right," she replied. "I mean it's hard to comment on at the moment because I have to come home first to see what's going on in Poland.

"I know it's going to be crazy. I think I'll get used to it, it won't be a problem for me. I had no problem getting attention, with people around me.

"I think I will be fine. I really appreciate the support I have received over the entire two weeks.

"Even though I didn't call and answer everyone, I know that the whole country was behind me and everyone believed in me. I'll be happy and proud."

Polish captain Lewandowski, recently named UEFA Player of the Year, is hoping for a great sports weekend for the nation when his team host Italy in the Nations League on Sunday.


Steven Gregory