Kenin Claims Lyon Over Friedsam For Fifth Career Title

by Staff | March 8th, 2020, 8:39 pm
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Sofia Kenin won her second title of 2020 edging Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the indoor event in Lyon.

The 21-year-old Kenin had quite a harrowing road to the title, winning in three breakers to beat Alison Van Uytvanck in the semifinals, and saving a match point in her opener to newcomer Jaqueline Cristian.

“Every match was a close one and I had to really fight through, every player I played put up a tough fight against me, and I was able to play my game which was good,” said Kenin after winning her fifth career title. “I’m happy that I came here, it was a good decision from my side.

“I wanted to get enough match play going into Indian Wells and Miami.”

The Australian Open champion had lost three straight matches entering the event.

The 26-year-old Friedsam was seeking her first career title in her second final. She upset three straight seeds en route to the final.

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