Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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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

TV: NBC

Prize Money: $1.88 million to the winner

      

Prediction

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

Nelly Korda watches her tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the LPGA's ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Having fallen just short in the ANA Inspiration, Nelly Korda heads to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, on a mission as the 2020 Women’s PGA Championship prepares to tee off.

Korda was one of three golfers tied for the lead in the ANA Inspiration as the final round concluded. A birdie on the first playoff hole gave Mirim Lee the title. Lee and Korda will be two of the top contenders for the next major championship on the schedule.

The Women’s PGA Championship will begin Thursday at 8:10 a.m. ET. The trio of Esther Henseleit, Ellen Ceresko and Jing Yan will start at No. 1 while Wichanee Meechai, Kristy McPherson and Jennifer Borocz take to the No. 10 tee.

            

When: Oct. 8-11

Watch: Golf Channel, NBC Sports, NBCSports.com

Tee Times: Women’s PGA Championship official site

          

Golf Channel and NBC are splitting the television coverage over the four days. The former will carry the bulk of the tournament, with the latter airing the conclusion of the third and fourth rounds.

  • Thursday, Oct. 8: 1-5 p.m., Golf Channel
  • Friday, Oct. 9: 1-5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 12-3 p.m. ET, NBC
  • Sunday, Oct. 11: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 12-2 p.m. ET, NBC

A total of $4.3 million will be on the line at Aronimink, an increase of $450,000 from last year’s purse. It’s also the third-biggest payout of the season, narrowly trailing the AIG Women’s Open ($4.5 million) and falling behind the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open ($5.5 million).

Korda is looking for her first major championship victory, and she remains winless over the abbreviated 2020 LPGA Tour calendar. She has finished in the top five in each of her last three tournaments, though, so this could