The women’s singles championship of the 2020 Australian Open saw an unexpected champion. Sofia Kenin of the United States rose from the ranks to win the biggest title of her career and become the Grand Slam champion. Many big names exited in early rounds as the tournament saw young players creating upsets. We look back at first the slam of the season, shortly after which the tennis tour was suspended.
The Top Seeds Tumble: Australian Open 2020
Many great players got exited in early rounds of the 2020 Australian Open women’s singles championship. Venus Williams a two-time past finalist was surprised by the young sensation Coco Gauff in the 1st round. Top favorites like Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova, and defending champion Naomi Osaka were also downed in the 3rd round. Sofia Kenin who would be the eventual champion in the tournament was progressing to the quarter-finals with just one set loss in her 3 matches.
The women’s quarterfinal list of the Australian Open had had some pre-tournament favorites like Simona Halep and top seed Ash Barty. There were also a few surprises like Garbine Muguruza of Spain, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, and the in-form American starlet Sofia Kenin. The tournament was thus heading in a very exciting direction as the second week arrived.
Sofia Kenin Triumphs
Ash Barty the local favorite beat Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the first quarterfinal match. Sofia Kenin also progressed to the semis without breaking must sweat. And so did the 4th seeded Simona Halep of Romania. The other semi-finalist was Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who had been fighting her way back to form after many months of loss of form.
The first semis match between Ash Barty and Sofia Kenin was tightly fought. Kevin held her nerve and came out victorious in 2 tight sets, with the first one going to the tie-breaker. The second semi-final match would also be fought with equal intensity and ruthlessness. Garbine Muguruza beat another big favorite Simona Halep in the almost same way with two very hard-fought sets. The two highest-ranked players of the Australian Open women’s singles had thus been shown exit doors.
Sofia Kenin and Garbine Muguruza were now the last 2 players left to fight for the title. The Spanish starlet Muguruza was the pre-match favorite as she has already won 2 Grand Slams in her singles career. On the other hand, the 21-year-old Kenin had never gone past the 4th round of a major tournament. The young American was determined to make the opportunity count. She lost the first set but then played the most inspiring tennis of her career winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-2.
The Final Result
Kenin thus became a major champion for the first time in her career. The Australian Open women’s singles championship got a surprising but very deserving champion. Kenin lost just 2 sets in her march to the biggest title of her life. The victory paved her way into the top 10 of WTA singles with the young American now standing at the career best of world number 4.