Sofia Kenin secures the Australian Open title emphatically
MELBOURNE: The Australian Open The women's individual final, a dog fight that lasted two hours and three minutes, ended in a double foul. An anticlimax. Garbine Muguruza The service and nerves hesitated.
At the opposite end of the Rod Laver Arena , the winner dropped her racket and covered her face with the palm of her hand. When the 21 year old Sofia Kenin He looked up again, tears running down his face. OMG! OMG! she articulated, shaking her head.
I am living a dream! So happy to lift this beautiful trophy 🏆 All the years of hard work and dedication have sprouted ... https://t.co/m6tmqbsCjw - Sofia Kenin (@SofiaKenin) 1580580785000
Kenin won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to get his first major title, the youngest champion here in more than a decade. Dreams come true, Kenin Park told Melbourne, who took home a $ 2.83 million check. If you have a dream, do it. These have been the best two weeks of my life. I told myself to calm down and breathe deeply, that was what led me to cross the finish line.
Muguruza, a two-time Major winner, in her fourth Slam final, got the first strike. In the third game. After a couple of deuces which followed some tentative play, she broke the Kenin serve. On a day when the sky was dark and the rain didn't quite go away, play started under the roof at the Rod Laver Arena.
The controlled conditions seemed to adapt to the great Spanish puncher. In the seventh game, Kenin returned from 0-40 in his service to keep. They exchanged services in the eighth and ninth games before Muguruza served the set in the tenth.
While his tennis is combative, Kenin's theater is compelling. She talks to herself between points, 'coooommmmme oooooonnnn', she shouts, 'calm down!' She instructs herself. Pumping fists, stomping, burning eyes. Your walk between points is not calm, it is a shout. His box that had a refreshing cast, former world number 1 Dinara Safina double star Bethanie Mattek-Sands with his father Alexander, who was equally animated. She is her father's daughter and they are a team.
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Kenin broke Muguruza in the fourth game of the second set, the Spaniard, who seemed exhausted, sprayed her ground game. The American, who had only four unforced errors on the set, broke again in the eighth game to level the scores of the set.
The coach and the doctor treated the 26-year-old girl in changing ends, it seemed that her lower back was causing her problems, but Muguruza did not take a medical break. The American quickly left the blocks on the decisive set, but the two-time Major winner did not step back.
In the fifth game, Kenin stayed behind 0-40 in his service, in the stands, Alexander bit the back of his hand. Then, just as it seemed she had escaped, she mounted one of the strongest returns for the first time on a large stage. Kenin won five consecutive points, fighting in three rallies, achieving an ace and then reaching another exchange. She had five winners.
Losing to Sofia is not an option, Alexander would say later.