Sofia Kenin kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning against Garbine Muguruza in their women's singles final match in Melbourne on Saturday. AFP
The 21-year-old's father is her coach but the rest of the family was back in the United States as Sofia announced herself to the sporting world with her first Grand Slam title.
Former US tennis player Lindsay Davenport hands the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to Sofia Kenin. AFP
The 14th seed showed all her trademark battling qualities to stun two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Melbourne.
"I called her right after the match just to tell her that everything's fine, I won, she can just relax now," a beaming Sofia Kenin told reporters, glass of champagne in hand, referring to mother Lena.
"She's been really stressed at home, very superstitious.
"I told her I'm not going to be able to talk to you for hours, but at least you know that I won.
"I'm coming home, you can give me the biggest hug of your life."
Sofia Kenin is greeted by her father Alex after defeating Garbine Muguruza. AP
At least Lena did not suffer alone and was accompanied by Sofia Kenin's grandmother, sister and the family dogs back in Florida.
"They don't watch, my mom cannot watch me," said Moscow-born Sofia Kenin, a proud American who will now usurp Serena Williams as the top-ranked player from the United States.
"She doesn't like watching, it's fine."
Sofia Kenin, who dumped top seed and home hope Ashleigh Barty out in the semi-finals, said repeatedly that her mental strength was key to the biggest title of her tennis life.
She also put her hand over her mouth on several occasions, almost disbelieving at what she had achieved, and later said she was "on cloud nine."
Sofia Kenin poses for a photograph with the ballgirls. AP
Sofia Kenin pinpointed the fifth game of the deciding set, when she was down 0-40 on her serve before reeling off five clean winners in a row to go up 3-2, as the moment the match swung in her favour.
"I can remember that game very well, that's the game I feel changed things," said Sofai, who was born in Moscow but moved with her family to the United States as a baby in search of a better life.
"I knew I needed to come up with the best shot, five best shots of my life."
"It got me to win a Grand Slam," she added, smiling broadly once more. "I had to play some of my best tennis. I did. After that, I was on fire.
"I was ready to take the beautiful trophy."
Despite making her debut in a Major final Sofia Kenin, 21, showed all her trademark aggression as she fought back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hrs 3mins against the shellshocked Spaniard.
Caroline Wozniacki had tears in her eyes as she kept alive her dreams of a triumphant farewell to tennis at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Unseeded 15-year-old Coco Gauff said she was in disbelief after beating reigning champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in a major upset at the Australian Open on Friday.
“To all my friends in Dubai and the UAE, this is a really difficult moment and we need to take care of us and others as well,” said Figo.
“It was a great relief to see him deliver last start after the trouble he’d encountered at his previous two,” said trainer James Cummings.
The Premier League has been postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and it is feared the season will be delayed again when English football’s stakeholders meet to discuss the crisis on Friday.