Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin wins first WTA ti­tle at Ho­bart


The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin won her first WTA ti­tle at the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day af­ter beat­ing Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova 6-4, 6-0.

Play­ing her first top-level sin­gles fi­nal, the 20-year-old Kenin took the first set with a break be­fore run­ning away with the match in 71 min­utes.

Kenin, ranked 56th, didn't drop a set for the tour­na­ment and beat top-seeded Caro­line Gar­cia and for­mer Ho­bart cham­pion Al­ize Cor­net in her run to the ti­tle.

She joined com­pa­triot Ten­nys Sand­gren, who won his first ATP Tour sin­gles ti­tle yes­ter­day, beat­ing Cameron Nor­rie 6-4, 6-2 in the fi­nal of the ASB Clas­sic across the Tas­man Sea at Auck­land, New Zealand, as a first­time tour win­ner.

Kenin saved eight break points early in the first set and found her ground­stroke range as the match con­tin­ued.

"I didn't want to over­think it and I'm happy with the way I com­posed my­self," she said.

The win is ex­pected to move her in­side the top 40 for the first time.

Moscow-born Kenin plays qual­i­fier Veronika Ku­d­er­me­tova in the open­ing round of the Australian Open in Mel­bourne be­fore a po­ten­tial sec­ond-round match against No. 1 Si­mona Halep.

Kenin also won the Auck­land dou­bles ti­tle with Eu­ge­nie Bouchard last week.

"I couldn't ask for a bet­ter start," Kenin said.

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