Sofia Kenin capped her maiden grand slam final with a trophy after rallying past former world number one Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open women's final 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. "I'm just so happy with this win". "Doesn't matter how many Grand Slams you have", Muguruza said after her semifinal win over two-time major champion Simona Halep. I don't think I would have made it through this week without you guys. "I've looked up to Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova".
"A little bit lack of energy", Muguruza said. I can not even describe this feeling.
The American wouldn't lose another game on her way to earning a Grand Slam title at age 21.
"I don't read a lot of things, but I really felt that people..." "I think she came up with winners and hit the ball very well".
Muguruza came into the day with a far more formidable record.
"My dream has officially come true". It's so emotional. I worked so hard and I'm just so grateful to be standing here.
"It hasn't sunk in yet".
"I've seen women's tennis is changing". A few months later, they returned to the U.S.; Kenin grew up in Florida and still makes her home there.
Soon enough, Kenin was kissing the trophy, just as her father had kissed her on the cheek right before the walk from the hallway outside the locker room to the court.
"I'm just super excited".
Kenin faced three break points while serving at 2-all, love-40 in the third set.
"I saw I was really different than other players", she said, a Champagne flute an arm's length away as she spoke with a small group of reporters after Saturday had turned to Sunday at Melbourne Park. I have part of the Russian stuff inside me, (the) fight and fierce that I have.
"Of course, now I'm getting the attention, which I like. I was ready to take the attractive trophy". All of a sudden, Kenin was down 0-40, the pendulum swinging back toward the two-time Grand Slam victor. All respect to her.
Unseeded for the year's opening major following a tough run of form, Muguruza looked like a player reborn since reuniting with former coach Conchita Martinez after the pair split two years ago. "Every point was such a battle".
She quickly became a star in the States, featuring on television programmes and the covers of magazines which labelled her as a future Grand Slam champion.
"It was very tough", he says now, "but it's fantastic the things you do when you need to survive".
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