America’s Sofia Kenin on Saturday defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open’s women’s singles title. She beat the Spaniard 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The match was evenly tied after two sets but Muguruza, who’s been impressive all through the tournament despite being unseeded, lost her steam and simply could not recover after squandering the fifth game when she had three break points. Despite being three break points down, Kenin went on to win five straight points to win the game.
The Spaniard, being coached by former Wimbledon Open champion Conchita Martínez, lost the game on her serve before losing the set and the match.
Speaking after the match, Kenin said, “My dream has officially come true, I can’t even describe this feeling. It’s so emotional and I worked so hard. I’m just so grateful to be standing here. Dreams come true. If you have a dream, go for it and it’s gonna come true.”
An emotional Muguruza said, “I have to say, it has been incredible playing out here in this environment, this court brings you energy. The crowd is what makes it special. We play for you guys, that’s the show. Thank you for coming.”
Kenin had defeated top-seed Australian Ashleigh Barty in straight sets 7-6 (8-6), 7-5. She had won three singles titles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, all five of which came in 2019.