WTA Australian Open: Sofia Kenin fights back to force decider vs. Garbine Muguruza


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WTA Australian Open: Sofia Kenin fights back to force decider vs. Garbine Muguruza

Raising her level in comparison to the opening set, the young American Sofia Kenin dominated against Garbine Muguruza in set number two of the women's singles final in Melbourne, beating the Spaniard 6-2 to set the deciding set.

Dropping only three points behind the initial shot in the entire set, Sofia had the upper hand all the time, taming her shots nicely with eight winners and four unforced errors. On the other hand, she reduced Garbine to only eight winners and 11 unforced errors, dominating in the rallies and converting both break chances to seal the set in style and gain a massive boost ahead of the decider.

Desperate for a fresh start, Kenin held at love in the first game when Muguruza sprayed a forehand error, delivering another hold at love in the third game with a service winner and drawing a mistake from her opponent in the next game to grab a break and move 3-1 in front.

A forehand winner pushed the American 4-1 in front, extending the lead to 5-2 with another forehand winner and closing the set with another break a few minutes later, looking good ahead of the final set in her first Major title match.

Despite the lack of experience in matches like this, Sofia did just about everything right on the court in the second set, taking time off her rival and imposing her shots before the hard-hitting Spaniard to gain the advantage on the court.

Kenin is the youngest Australian Open finalist since Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova in 2008, entering the top-10 on Monday regardless of this result and standing as the youngest American debutant there since Serena Williams more than two decades ago.

Sofia had a breakthrough run in 2019 and it has been so far so good for her in the new season as well, especially if she wins the title here in Melbourne.