Kenin breezes past Sch­miedlova

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport -

Big-hit­ting Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin thrived in blus­tery con­di­tions at the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional to beat Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova 6-3 6-0 and claim her first WTA ti­tle on Satur­day.

Kenin, 20, was put un­der early pres­sure by Sch­miedlova, yet still saved eight of the nine break-point op­por­tu­ni­ties she of­fered up.

After bat­tling to hold to 2-2 in the first set, she broke Sch­miedlova’s serve in the fifth game and while the Slo­vakian broke straight back, Kenin be­gan dic­tat­ing play from the base­line and won the next nine games to wrap up the match in 71 min­utes on her sec­ond cham­pi­onship point. –

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