Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski expressed his delight after Iga Swiatek ended Poland’s lengthy look forward to a singles Grand Slam champion.
Swiatek, 19, capped a surprising fortnight at Roland Garros with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin within the Paris ultimate on Saturday.
The unseeded participant didn’t drop a set over her seven rounds; different notable wins included an emphatic victory over match favourite Simona Halep within the fourth spherical and a seeing-off of 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova in her first match.
Simply two years in the past she received the junior title at Wimbledon, and previous to this match 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 a fantastic story! Good job Iga Swiatek,” Lewandowski wrote on Twitter after the win over Kenin. He additionally despatched a message of help 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 dwelling,” she mentioned in her on-court interview.
Swiatek was later requested in her information convention if she understood her life was about to vary.
“That is true,” she replied. “I imply, it is onerous to touch upon that proper now as a result of I would like to return again dwelling first, see what is going on on in Poland.
“I do know it is going to be loopy. I feel I’ll get used to that, it is not going to be an issue for me. I did not have an issue with getting consideration, with individuals surrounding me.
“I feel it is going to be OK for me. I actually respect all of the help I acquired throughout the entire two weeks.
“Although I wasn’t on my cellphone and I wasn’t answering each individual, I do know that the entire nation was behind me they usually all believed in me. I’ll be blissful and proud.”
Poland captain Lewandowski, who was just lately named UEFA Participant of the 12 months, shall be hoping to cap a high quality sporting weekend for the nation when his crew hosts Italy within the Nations League on Sunday.