Just a week ago Iga Swiatek was unsure whether she would commit to tennis long term or go to university.
Now the 19-year-old is a Grand Slam champion – the lowest-ranked woman to ever win the French Open.
“I wasn’t expecting to win this trophy,” the Pole said after her dominant 6-4 6-1 win over American fourth seed Sofia Kenin in Saturday’s final.
“It’s obviously amazing for me. It’s a life-changing experience.
“I just feel like I kind of made history.”
Swiatek, who did not drop a set in the tournament, is the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest French Open women’s champion since Monica Seles in 1992.
She is highly regarded, having won the Wimbledon junior title in 2018, but had never won a tour-level tournament before victory in Paris.
Her youthful innocence was shown in her charmingly awkward on-court interview after the match. (BBC)