Aussie Open champion Sofia Kenin beats Venus Williams at the World TeamTennis

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Aussie Open champion Sofia Kenin beats Venus Williams at the World TeamTennis

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin scored a win over former World No. 1 Venus Williams at the World Team Tennis event in West Virginia in singles and doubles at the World TeamTennis event in West Virginia Sofia Kenin defeats Venus Williams at the World Team Tennis
Kenin defeated the 40-year old Williams 5-1 in singles and then combined with Caroline Dolehide for a 5-1 win over Williams and Arina Rodionova as the Philadelphia Freedoms scored a 22-14 win over Washington Kastles.

Kenin had lost to Kim Clijsters of the New York Empire earlier in the event while it was Williams' first singles match of the tournament this year.

Philadelphia Freedoms def. Washington Kastles 22-14

  • Men’s Singles – Taylor Fritz (Freedoms) def.

    Tommy Paul (Kastles) 5-2

  • Women’s Singles – Sofia Kenin (Freedoms) def. Venus Williams (Kastles) 5-1
  • Mixed Doubles – Bernarda PeraMarcelo Arevalo (Kastles) def. Donald YoungTaylor Townsend (Freedoms) 5-3
  • Women’s Doubles – Sofia KeninCaroline Dolehide (Freedoms) def.

    Venus WilliamsArina Rodionova (Kastles) 5-1

  • Men’s Doubles – Marcelo ArevaloTommy Paul (Kastles) def. Taylor FritzFabrice Martin (Freedoms) 5-3
  • Extended Play – Men’s Doubles – Taylor FritzFabrice Martin (Freedoms) def.

    Marcelo ArevaloTommy Paul (Kastles) 1-0

According to the WTT website, Kenin says, “It was super exciting. I was pretty nervous before the match, but I knew I just had to lock in and do what I do best. Venus is a great player, so I just had to shake off the nerves and play.

The day off was big. It allowed us to slow things down and re-focus." Philadelphia coach Craig Kardon commented, "Our singles players really opened the door for our doubles players. Unfortunately, mixed doubles did not go our way today but that’s ok.

We knew we had two more doubles teams behind them, and both the men and women’s doubles team played well”. Sofia Kenin is ranked a career-high No. 4 in the world. She is the reigning champion at the Australian Open and the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women's singles title since Serena Williams in 2002.

She has won five WTA singles titles and two WTA doubles titles in all. Venus Williams is a former World No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion in singles. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with sister Serena Williams.