Emerging American talent Sofia Kenin has claimed her maiden Grand Slam title after defeated Garbine Muguruza in three sets in the 2020 Australian Open final on Saturday night.
Kenin, 21, fought back from losing the first set to knock off the unseeded Spaniard 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes.
The 14th seed appeared emotional on court but showed great resolve to stave off set point in two sets, as well as saving 10 break points throughout the match.
Kenin converted five of her six break points to win the key moments against two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza who is on her way back to her best after an injury-affected 2019.
“In the third set, that 2-2 game, I was really close,” Kenin reflected.
“There was a lot of emotions happening. Down 0-40 I knew I had to somehow put that aside or I wouldn’t be here.
“When I won that game I was fired up and ready to go.”
Muguruza sent down nine aces compared to Kenin’s two, but the Spaniard’s first serve let her down too often, going at 57% and winning only 41% on her second serve.
“At the important moments, she found her shots,” Muguruza said.
“It’s tough to be happy, although it has been an incredible tournament. You lose a final, but you got to make it to the final to be able to win or lose.
“I think I’m in a good process. I think I felt my game much better than before. I think I’ve got to keep it that way, keep working physically. These events are really long, so you’ve got to be strong.”
Kenin will surge into the world’s top 10 following her Australian Open success and she admitted she’s driven to be number one at some point.
“I would love to,” Kenin said. “That’s my dream, that’s what I thrive for and what I hope to get to.”