The Australian Open women’s singles final pitted Sofia Kenin of USA against Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Both women have played some scintillating tennis over the last fortnight. On their way to the finals, both eliminated some big names. Having tasted victory at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Muguruza was a clear favourite, but Kenin has been in very good form and her drop shots have been a breath of fresh air in this tournament.
As expected, Kenin started nervously in the first set and was quickly down a break. She was able to break back and level the set at 4-4, but Muguruza broke again and wrapped the first set 6-4. Kenin started playing with more freedom in the second set and her serve started to tick. The American converted 100% of the break points in the second set, winning it 6-2. The stage was set for an exhilarating finale in the third set. Muguruza has the first chance to break at 2-2 but Kenin responded with some gritty ground strokes and came through that game unscathed. It was one of the biggest turning points of the match. Kenin was able to put pressure on Muguruza’s serve in the next game and from 15-40 down, she was able to break. The Spaniard never recovered. Kenin was able to win her service game and broke Muguruza again to win her maiden Australian Open trophy. In the end, Muguruza was left to rue her missed chances. She was able to covert only 17% of breakpoints and served 8 double faults while Kenin had a superior conversion rate of 83% on breakpoints and had no double faults.
Both women had a memorable tournament and made new fans down under. Sofia Kenin will remember this forever as the first one is always special, no matter how many you win thereafter.