Australian Open: She can't watch - Sofia Kenin calls superstitious mother to report the victory of Slam
MELBOURNE Sofia Kenin he had to call his superstitious mother to give him the news that he had won the Australian Open on Saturday because he refuses to watch television, fearing it will bring bad luck.
The 21-year-old's father is her coach, but the rest of the family was back in the U.S as Kenin was announced to the sports world with his first Grand slam Title.
The 14th seed showed all her trademark battling qualities to stun two-time Grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Melbourne.
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I called her right after the game just to tell her that everything is fine, I won, that now she can relax, Kenin told reporters with a glass of champagne in his hand, referring to Mother Lena.
She has been very stressed at home, very superstitious.
I told him I couldn't talk to you for hours, but at least you know I won.
I go home, you can give me the biggest hug of your life.
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At least Lena did not suffer alone and was accompanied by Kenin's grandmother, her sister and the family's dogs in Florida.
They don't look, my mother can't look at me, said Kenin, born in Moscow, a proud American who will now usurp Serena Williams as the top-ranked player from the U.S .
He doesn't like to look, it's fine.
Kenin, who threw the best seed and the hope of home Ashleigh barty In the semifinals, he repeatedly said that his mental strength was key to the most important title of his life in tennis.
He also covered his mouth with his hand several times, almost incredulously for what he had accomplished, and then said he was in cloud nine.
Kenin signaled the fifth game of the decisive set, when he lost 0-40 in his service before taking five clean winners in a row to climb 3-2, at the time the game shifted in his favor.
"I can remember that game very well, that's the game I feel changed things," said Kenin, who was born in Moscow but moved with her family to the U.S as a baby in search of a better life.
I knew I needed to find the best shot, the five best shots of my life.
"It got me to win a Grand slam ," she added, smiling broadly once more. "I had to play some of my best tennis. I did. After that, I was on fire.
I was ready to take the beautiful trophy.