Kenin on winning her 1st Grand Slam title
My dream has officially come true, I can’t even describe this feeling. It’s so emotional and I worked so hard. I’m just so grateful to be standing here. Dreams come true. If you have a dream, go for it and it’s gonna come true.
Sofia Kenin Beats Garbine Muguruza | Sofia Kenin beats Garbine Muguruza 4-6 6-2 6-2 to win her first Australian Open title!
Sofia Kenin of the United States has beaten Garbine Muguruza of Spain to win the Australian Open for her first Grand Slam title.
Kenin was seeded 14th and had never been past the fourth round of a major tournament until now.
Kenin reached the first Grand Slam final of her career by beating No. 1 Ash Barty in the semifinals.
Muguruza is a former No. 1-ranked player who won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Sofia Kenin breaks Garbine Muguruza | Sofia Kenin breaks Garbine Muguruza to take 4-2 lead in the 3rd set! The No.14 seed is showing some commitment, as she chases down every shot and is helped by some poor play from the Spaniard.
Kenin 4-6 6-2 *4-2 Muguruza
Sofia Kenin Holds Serve | Garbine Muguruza and Sofia Kenin again held serve... with some difficulty. The Spaniard had raced to a 40-love lead but was pranced around the court by the American, who saved five break-points and went onto to take the game.
Kenin is growing in confidence with every strike. Muguruza though is desperately looking to find her mojo.
Kenin 4-6 6-2 3-2 Muguruza
Sofia Kenin Takes 2nd Set | Sofia Kenin breaks Garbine Muguruza and takes the second set 6-2!
The 14th seed doesn't even break a sweat to force the match into the third set. Muuruza is faltering as Kenin is constantly creeping up to the net and finishing off the points early.
Decider up next.
Kenin 4-6 6-2 Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza Holds Serve | Garbine Muguruza managed to hold serve after Sofia Kenin broke her second game in the second set. The American let out a cry after taking holding on her serve.
Kenin 4-6 4*-2 Muguruza
Sofia Kenin breaks Garbine Muguruza | Sofia Kenin breaks Garbine Muguruza on the second serve in the second set to take a 3-1 lead. can the 14th-seeeded American take advantage and make a comeback in the final? Or will the Spanish star break back and even thing again... as she did in the first set.
Kenin 4-6 3*-1 Muguruza
The Spanish has taken a set towards the trophy! Garbine Muguruza takes the first set 6-4 in 52 minutes. Muguruza broke Kenin early on but the American fought back to get on level terms only to be broken again in the very next game. Muguruza then served out the set with ease.
Garbine Muguruza Breaks Sofia Kenin | Muguruza gets an early break. Kenin fended off two break points but Muguruza got a third-time lucky and took a lead in the first set. Muguruza smacked Kenin's second serve with a backhand winner to earn herself the break point and then the American sent her backhand wide to get broken.
Kenin 2-1* Muguruza
Kenin vs Muguruza Starts | Sofia Kenin serve-starts the women's singles final of the Australian Open and straight-up took a 40-0 lead. She lost one point in that service game after she tried to draw Muguruza to the net but she held her serve with ease, despite not having a big serve.
Kenin 1-0* Muguruza
Sofia Kenin and Garbine Muguruza have played each other only once before where the American came out victorious. They played each other last year when Muguruza had a terrible season after a brilliant 2018.
Kenin leads Muguruza 1-0 in their head-to-head record. Kenin defeated Muguruza 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 (Beijing 2019, hard court)
Nation: United States
World ranking: 15
Grand Slam titles: 0
WTA titles: 3
ROAD TO FINAL:
First round: beat Martina Trevisan (Italy) 6-2, 6-4
Second round: beat Li Ann (US) 6-1, 6-3
Third round: beat Zhang Shuai (China) 7-5, 7-6(7)
Fourth round: beat Coco Gauff (US) 6-7(5), 6-3 6-0
Quarter-final: beat Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) 6-4, 6-4
Semi-final: beat 1-Ash Barty (Australia) 7-6(6), 7-5
The Moscow-born American, coached by her father Alexander, is chasing a maiden Grand Slam crown in her first appearance in a title clash.
After a gritty performance to overcome teen sensation Coco Gauff in the fourth round, Kenin’s fierce, counter-punching style was on full display again in her stunning semi-final victory over top seed Ash Barty.
World ranking: 32
Grand Slam titles: 2 (French Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017)
WTA titles: 7
ROAD TO FINAL (prefix denotes seeding):
First round: beat Shelby Rogers (US) 0-6, 6-1, 6-0
Second round: beat Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Third round: beat 5-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-1, 6-2
Fourth round: beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3, 6-3
Quarter-final: beat 30-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 7-5, 6-3
Semi-final: beat 4-Simona Halep (Romania) 7-6(8), 7-5
Arrived at the Australian Open feeling the effects of a virus that forced her out of the Hobart International, but the explosive Spaniard has steadily improved to rediscover the form that took her to the top of the rankings in 2017.
A reunion with coach Conchita Martinez at the start of the season has also helped her shed some of the inconsistency that led to her slipping to number 36 at the end of last year.
USA's Sofia Kenin (14th seed) and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza (unseeded) play each other in the women's singles final of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena for a first title in Melbourne. While for Kenin this is her first Grand Slam final, Muguruza has been the champion at French Open and Wimbledon.