Australian Open women's final Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza live blog

Australian Open women's final Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza live blog

Australian Open women's final Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza live blog

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U.S. tennis player Sofia Kenin fought back from a set down against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win on Saturday.

With the win, 21-year-old Kenin has captured her first Grand Slam title of the career besides also becoming the youngest American since Serena Williams in 2002 to lift a major crown.

She defeated Muguruza in their only previous career meeting, in Beijing past year, and came to Saturday's contest with a game plan, mixing deft drop shots with deep forehand groundstrokes to catch the Spaniard by surprise initially.

Despite being only 21, Kenin has long held that dream of Grand Slam success after emerging as a child prodigy in America more than a decade ago.

Kenin might have been overlooked by some before, when younger Americans such as 15-year-old Coco Gauff and 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova were making deep runs at majors and gaining all the attention.

But with chants of "C'mon, Garbine" echoing around a capacity Rod Laver Arena, Kenin took a deep breath and composed herself.

Kenin was the 14th seed but unseeded Muguruza was the favourite for the title. Kenin then fired a forehand victor to win the fifth game, sparking a rally of four consecutive game wins and winning the match. One break point saved. I don't think I would have made it through this week without you guys. Muguruza can only stand and admire it.

Kenin didn't drop a single point next to take the third game. She won the next five points, each with a victor - one an ace, the others clean groundstrokes to cap exchanges of 11 shots or more. Muguraza challenges it but is unsuccessful.

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All she did was conjure up an ace and four point-ending groundstrokes on exchanges that all lasted 11 shots or more.

Kenin is expected to rise to No. 7 in Monday's WTA rankings, the youngest American to make her debut in the top 10 since Serena Williams in 1999.

That racket Kenin was swinging - and sometimes dropping, even kicking, out of frustration after bad points - against Muguruza?

"It was the best five shots of my life". I did. After that, I was on fire.

"I'm not very happy about my performance".

"But I feel like I was playing a lot of tournaments. I was ready to take the lovely trophy".

Firing from all cylinders, Kenin held in game seven with a service victor, moving a game away from her maiden Major title at such a young age. "I think at the important moments I didn't find my shots".

When it was time for Kenin's on-court speech, Dad called her over for a bit of advice. "I've always wanted to play you", Osaka said during the trophy presentation at the time, thanking Kvitová for a great game. After an hour and 49 minutes of a see-sawing final, there was now no doubt which woman was winning.

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