Kenin’s break­through win

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ADAM SMITH

opted to skip the Open amid calls for Mar­garet Court Arena to be re­named due to con­tro­ver­sial com­ments the sport­ing great made about gay mar­riage.

Court told News Corp Aus­tralia she hoped her in­cred­i­ble ten­nis ca­reer would con­vince the pub­lic to sup­port keep­ing her name on the sta­dium.

“I think be­cause I just stood up and said what the bi­ble says about mar­riage that all hap­pened,” she said. “I love my na­tion, I never lost a match for my na­tion, so I don’t feel that is right.”

De­spite draw­ing crit­i­cism for her views, Court said she main­tained the same stance and would re­turn to the Open one day.

Ten­nis Aus­tralia chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Tom Larner said there was no plan to re­name Mar­garet Court Arena. SHE kept the same rou­tine through­out her barn­storm­ing week in town, but even af­ter se­cur­ing the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional ti­tle Sofia Kenin de­clined to re­veal what helped fuel her to suc­cess.

The Amer­i­can 20-year-old added her name to a long list of play­ers who have tri­umphed in Ho­bart be­fore be­com­ing house­hold names, de­fy­ing nerves in her maiden WTA fi­nal to brush aside Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova, of Slo­vakia, in straight sets at the Do­main Ten­nis Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Kenin, who is pro­jected to rise into the top 40 play­ers in the world fol­low­ing her break­through win, was a crea­ture of habit while in the state’s cap­i­tal, eat­ing at the same water­front restau­rant ev­ery night.

How­ever, if there was any se­cret to what helped her pro- duce the best ten­nis of her ca­reer, she wasn’t let­ting it slip.

“I will have a lot of great mem­o­ries, we kept the same rou­tine these past few days, it was 10.30pm and we were still hav­ing din­ner, same food, same ev­ery­thing,” Kenin said yes­ter­day.

“I won’t say what we ate, but we had lots of bread and but­ter, that’s all I’ll say.

“It is a beau­ti­ful city here and I am happy to come back here many more years to come and keep de­fend­ing my ti­tle.”

Top seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Latisha Chan de­feated Kirsten Flip­kens and Jo­hanna Lars­son in the dou­bles fi­nal, wrap­ping up a suc­cess­ful 2019 tour­na­ment which saw healthy crowd num­bers en­joy plenty of great matches and match­ing weather.

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