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Sofia Kenin is the third different American woman to reach the French Open final in the last five years.
On Saturday, the No. 4 seed will try to win on the Paris clay, which is what Serena Williams in 2016 and Sloane Stephens in 2018 failed to do.
Kenin is attempting to become the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams in 2015.
Standing in the way of her second-career major victory is Iga Swiatek, a 19-year-old Polish player that has taken the event by storm.
Swiatek is one of two players left in the tournament in either singles draw that has not lost a set yet. The other is Rafael Nadal, who is a 12-time champion at Roland Garros.
French Open Women’s Final Information
Start Time: 9 a.m. ET
Prize Money: $1.88 million to the winner
Sofia Kenin over Iga Swiatek
Although Kenin’s set record at Roland Garros is worse than Swiatek’s, she carries a significant edge in experience.
Kenin won her first Grand Slam final appearance at the Australian Open and has been beaten just once in major tournaments this season.
Her handling of the moment and overall form could help her take the first sets off Swiatek at Roland Garros.
The American comes into the women’s singles final off two controlling performances. The first was in the third set against Danielle Collins in which she did not concede a game. She followed that up with a straight-set win over her only seeded opponent, Petra Kvitova.
Kenin admitted after the win over Kvitova that she is playing some of her best tennis, per ESPN.com’s D’Arcy Maine.
“It took some time for me to get my motivation back,” Kenin said.. “I finally got it. I feel like I’m playing the best