America’s Sofia Kenin stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open in her first Grand Slam final on Saturday (February 1), becoming the youngest player to lift the trophy in 12 years.
Kenin, 21, showed all her trademark aggression as she fought back from a set down to win it 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hrs 3mins.
“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,” Kenin said expressing that this was her first speech but she’ll try her best to convey her emotions.
At 21 years and 80 days, Kenin is 22 days younger than Japan’s Naomi Osaka when she won the title last year. She is the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova won aged 20 in 2008.
Muguruza, who started the final showdown by taking the first set 6-4, fell apart towards the end after she collected 8 double faults, including 3 in the final set, and 45 unforced errors overall.
“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,” the Spaniard said thanking her team and congratulating her counterpart.