Kenin edges past Kvitova to set up Swiatek clash in French Open final
Sofia Kenin moved into her first French Open final on Thursday with a straight sets win over the seventh seed Petra Kvitova.
She fought off four break points to hold for a 4-2 advantage and eventually stepped up to serve for match leading 5-4.
But she cracked and allowed Kvitova to level at 5-5.
But the 29-year-old Czech reciprocated the munificence and promptly lost her serve to give Kenin a 6-5 lead and a second opportunity to reach the final.
Even then she coughed up a chance for Kvitova to get back to 6-6. But a wayward forehand blew that opening and Kenin held firm to take the set 7-5 and the match after two hours.
“Petra's such a tough player,” Kenin told on-court interviewer Marion Bartoli after the match. “She serves well and plays an aggressive game.”
Swiatek walloped the Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her first final at a Grand Slam tournament.
“I've had tough matches these past two weeks,” Kenin added. “So I'm going to enjoy getting to the final and start preparing for it.”