Sofia Kenin won the first edition of the Lyon Open on Sunday with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam in an hour and 49 minutes. This is the American’s second title of the season, after her maiden Major win at the Australian Open.
This was the fourth match in a row that went the full quota of three sets for Kenin. With this win, she not only overturned her losing streak but also became the third player after Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep to win a title, after having saved a match point.
Furthermore, Kenin has now won four of the five finals she has played in her career so far. Her only loss at a final came at the 2019 Mexican Open in Acapulco that she lost to Yafan Wang. After the match, Kenin said she was relieved she had managed to overcome her streak of losses.
“I had two tough losses but I knew I needed to regroup, and I'm so happy that I won it. 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.
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”. With Indian Wells having been cancelled in the wake of Coronavirus, Kenin will have to wait a while to try and extend her regained momentum. Photo Credit: WTA Twitter