Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski expressed his delight after Iga Swiatek ended Poland’s lengthy anticipate a singles Grand Slam champion.
Swiatek, 19, capped a shocking fortnight at Roland Garros with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin within the Paris closing on Saturday.
The unseeded participant didn’t drop a set over her seven rounds; different notable wins included an emphatic victory over event favourite Simona Halep within the fourth spherical and a seeing-off of 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova in her first match.
Just two years in the past she gained the junior title at Wimbledon, and previous to this event she had by no means reached the final eight of a tennis main.
Her run to victory captured the eye of Lewandowski, one other of Poland’s sporting success tales.
“What a tremendous success, what an awesome story! Good job Iga Swiatek,” Lewandowski wrote on Twitter after the win over Kenin. He additionally despatched a message of assist earlier this week.
Swiatek had earlier referenced the traction her run on the occasion had been getting in her nation.
“I need to thank all of the followers and everybody watching in Poland; I do know it is fairly loopy again residence,” she mentioned in her on-court interview.
Swiatek was later requested in her information convention if she understood her life was about to alter.
“That’s true,” she replied. “I imply, it is onerous to touch upon that proper now as a result of I want to return again residence first, see what is going on on in Poland.
“I do know it is going to be loopy. I feel I’m going to get used to that, it isn’t going to be an issue for me. I did not have an issue with getting consideration, with folks surrounding me.
“I feel it is going to be OK for me. I actually respect all of the assist I bought throughout the entire two weeks.
“Even although I wasn’t on my cellphone and I wasn’t answering each particular person, I do know that the entire nation was behind me and so they all believed in me. I’m going to be glad and proud.”
Poland captain Lewandowski, who was not too long ago named UEFA Player of the Year, shall be hoping to cap a fantastic sporting weekend for the nation when his workforce hosts Italy within the Nations League on Sunday.