US’ Sofia Kenin (right) and team-mate Bethanie Mattek-Sands in action against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova during their doubles match in the Fed Cup qualifier in Everett on Saturday. Associated Press
The Australian Open women’s division witnessed a couple of upsets before it threw up a brand new winner. But Sofia’s victory was almost expected after her gritty performance
"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.
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.
With Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships set to celebrate two decades of successfully hosting one of the WTA Tour’s top events this week, all eyes will be on Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and veteran Kim Clijsters,
Garbine Muguruza outlasted Kim Clijsters, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in a much-anticipated first round match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.
Barcelona superstar and Dubai Expo 2020 ambassador Lionel Messi met Reem Al Hashemy, Minister of State and director general of Expo 2020, on Monday.
Marseille rallied to strike late twice in the dying moments to beat Lille 2-1 remain on course for Champions League on Sunday.