The perky sun-visored 21-year-old had a 35 to 1 odds to win the biggest grand slam of the season and she pulled it off with finesse and grace. "These past two weeks have been the best of my life," Sofia Kenin gave a big broad smile in saying.
She was nervous for sure as she walked in the Rod Laver Arena among the huge crowds to face Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard herself had a coveted Wimbledon title a few years ago to her name. This was Kenin's first and she had to shake off the butterflies to defeat Muguruza in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 battle to win the title.
"She earned this title," Muguruza said on the podium after the match was over. The Spaniard was yet the more experienced and she played an opening set with excellence and precision winning 6-4. This scared Kenin and it shook her into a much better performance in the second set.
She was clipping down-the-lines, cross courting and volleying all that drove Muguruza out of her comfort zone. "What grit, what fight!" ESPN Commentator Chris Fowler had said in the commentary box about Kenin who showed no mercy to a less aggressive Garbine Muguruza during the second set.
But Muguruza was determined to not have a bagel as she started struggling to get back winning shots like in the first set. They never came though. There were hints of the aggressive Muguruza but the consistency wasn't there and Kenin would counteract all of the Spaniard's efforts to start playing fantasic tennis.
The young American won the second set 6-2. In fact Kenin's glory and skill was mixing up her shots and keeping Muguruza on the defense. "She threw everything but the kitchen sink at Muguruza," ESPN commentator Chris Evert commented.
It was the start of the deciding set that Kenin was feeling her time had come for her first grand slam title and she took her opportunities and made great strides on the scoreboard in defeating Muguruza. "It wasn't about the power.
It was the way she hit the corners and she placed the shots well," Commentator Brad Gilbert excitingly said. Before long Kenin had dropped her racket and 'hand over mouth' smiled to her father/coach in the stands after Muguruza netted a return to help her win the match and title.
The Spaniard's team naturally was downfallen over the results. She'd brought Conchita Martinez onto her team as she did at Wimbledon a few years ago and won a title, but grateful on even landing a finalist spot.
Muguruza looked stunned and stared into space onthe podium of the trophy presentation. It was Kenin's moment though as she'd said: "I'm grateful from the bottom of my heart...we really worked hard," Kenin mentioned about her and her team.
She beamed and was excited as well as humbled at the same time. "My dream has officially come true," she'd frankly mentioned with a broad grin and twinkling eyes. When all is said and done, Garbine Muguruza hadn't did too shabby a job just making it to the final.
For Sofia Kenin, she's earned her first grand slam title and now a spotin the top 10 WTA players of the world. She was extremely happy, proud and glad to have the Australian crowds and fans in her corner as she gave them kudos saying "The crowd makes it special. We play for you guys...thanks for coming!"