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,
Elena Rybakina claimed her first win over a top five opponent on Thursday when she defeated world number four Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (1) 6-3 to reach the semi-finals
The notorious Wellington wind and a green wicket delayed team selections as New Zealand and India weighed up fickle conditions for the first Test on Thursday.
England were left with increasing concerns at prop after Beno Obano was summoned into their training squad on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham.