Fourth seed Sofia Kenin avoided an upset at 2020 Roland Garros as she came from a set down to beat France’s Fiona Ferro 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in their fourth-round match on Monday. Kenin started the match on a positive note breaking Ferro to start the opening set.
She consolidated the break to go up two-love but after that game, Ferro made a comeback in the set. She broke back Kenin to first level the set and then went about asserting her game throughout the set to claim it. The American did not slip up in the latter two sets and as reflected in the score line dropped just three games to avenge her first-set loss to take the win in an hour and 44 minutes.
Kenin hit 39 winners and 29 unforced errors while Ferro hit 21 winners and 25 unforced errors. The match had 11 breaks of serve, seven of which came courtesy of the higher-ranked player.
2020 Roland Garros: Sofia Kenin's developing relationship with clay
Speaking with the press after her match, Kenin said, “I was just super proud of myself.
Yes, there was a lot of emotions. I was just super happy that I won. Like, the crowd wasn't the best, which is understandable, but still, I wish it would have been a little bit different. I'm like super happy that I'm in the quarters.
I usually don't play really good on clay. In the past in juniors, I really hated the clay. Last year I started to like it for the first time. I'm just super proud of myself. I feel like I'm playing really well”. Then, talking about her developing a liking for playing on the surface, Kenin added, “I feel like last year I started to really like the clay after my great run.
I played Serena. It was obviously a lot of emotions as well there. Yeah, after that I started to really like the clay. I knew what to expect. It's a lot of sliding, it's very physical. I just tried to adjust my game to it. I feel like as each match went, I'm more and more comfortable on the clay.
I'm super proud to be in the quarter-finals. Because this used to be a surface that I really don't like. Now it's obviously a surface that I really enjoy playing on”. This is the first time the world no. 6 has made it to the quarter-finals in Paris, bettering her previous best of reaching the fourth round (in 2019).
In the last-eight of 2020 Roland Garros, Sofia Kenin now awaits the winner of the Ons Jabeur-Danielle Collins match. The match was rescheduled to Tuesday because of the rain. Photo Credit: Sofia Kenin Twitter