Stunning Kenin Captures Australian Open Title Over Muguruza
by Staff | February 1st, 2020, 10:08 am

Yet another new Grand Slam has been crowned in women’s tennis. Saturday night at the Australian Open, Sofia Kenin capped her Cinderella run collecting her first Grand Slam title stunning former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“I just want to say that my dream has officially true, I can’t even describe this feeling,” Kenin told the crowd. “It’s so emotional and I’ve worked so hard and I’m just so grateful to be standing here.

“Dreams come true, so if you have one, go for it,” she added. “These past two weeks have been the best of my life. I have to thank the crowd, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”

The 21-year-old Kenin had never before even reached a Slam quarterfinal, but she upset No. 1 Ash Barty in the semifinals then came from a set down to defeat the Spaniard going away.

“Congratulations Sofia, you played an incredible match, an incredible tournament. You deserve the trophy,” said Muguruza.

“I think we are going to see you in more final like this for sure.”

Behind her powerful serve, Muguruza was in charge of the match early. Though, like a pest, Kenin wouldn’t go away, tracking balls down, mixing in drop shots and belting her own winners. Muguruza would take the opener but Kenin broke early in the second and coasted to a decider.

Kenin broke early again the the third then dug out of a 3-2, 0-40 hole. She then broke Muguruza for a second from 40-15 time this in part to the Spaniard’s ill-timed three double faults in the last game, culminating with her eighth on match point.

Kenin, a Florida native, had big wins last year, beating Serena the French then Barty, Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina over the summer, but a Grand Slam title this early in her career was not expected.

Kenin becomes the youngest American woman to win a Slam since 20-year-old Serena Williams at the 2002 US Open. Now, she’ll be ranked ahead of the 23-time Grand Slam champion on Monday.

Muguruza, aiming to become the first Spanish woman to win an Australian Open, couldn’t maintin her strong first set, and was 0/3 on break points in the third, failing to get that 0-40 game at 3-2.

“I’m not very happy about my performance,” assessed Muguruza. “At the important moments, I didn’t find my shots… I think she found her shots. I didn’t.”

Kenin won just her fourth career title but takes home AUS 4.12M.

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5 Comments for Stunning Kenin Captures Australian Open Title Over Muguruza

Wog Boy Says:

Good job Sofia/Sonya.
Russian mafia in her box;)
Dinara Safina looks good, Marat Safin even better, hot stuff;)

Django Says:

The Russian asset won it for USA!

skeezer Says:

She is an American as you can be. Been living here since she was just a few months old. She represents USA, not Russia. Just sayin…..

Sofia is solid mentally. She is a fighter like Serena, warrior mentality. If she can keep that confidence in herself she is going to go far. Those multiple winners at 2 all in the third coming back from 0-40 to win that game was amazing.

Wog Boy Says:

You are too dumb to understand, she will always be Russian, her best friends in Florida are Russians, the people in her box last night were manly Russians, her mother after spending 10 years in America went back to Moscow to give birth to her and raised her there.
Her father said in interview that she is same as Sharapova, meaning Russian, difference is Sharapova never took US citizenship and Sonya did.
Of course she plays for America, she is American Russian, but still Russian.
I know, it’s hard to understand for narrow minded person that grew up on CNN news and opinions.
I’ll give you example, Karl Malden, was always saying for himself that he is American Serb, even being second generation born in Chicago.
Good friend of mine here, lecturer on one prestige Sydney university, came to Sydney about 30 years ago from Chicago to do his master and PhD studies, met the love of his life and stayed here. Well, that person (won’t name him) always say for himself that he is American Serb, never just American, and his grandparents came to America around WW1, his parents went to same church in Chicago which Karl Malden family were attending and were very good friends.
I go back to Karl Malden, in every his move he use to call somebody by his real surname, Sekulovic, he was very religious, fluent in Serbian and use to travel and donate the money to churches and village where his grandparents came from, even his mother wasn’t Serbian and his wife was Jewish.

Last but not list, my youngest daughter got really upset with me when I called her Aussie in front of her friends, she immediately angrily corrected me “I am not Aussie, I am Australian Serb”.

I know you need a time, but eventually you’ll get it.

Wog Boy Says:

I forgot most important thing, all of us integrated in our new countries and are good and loyal citizens who work hard and obey the rules of our new countries (for a difference of certain new immigrants), but we are also who we are and we are enriching the society, changing it for better at the same time.

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