Sloane Stephens, a former world number three, said she was “glad” to have defeated Sofia Kenin despite having lost many match points. Stephens defeated 2020 Australian Open champion Kenin on Monday, 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5.
In the second set, Stephens wasted four match points as Kenin somehow managed to force a decider. After three hours of play, Stephens converted her sixth match point to defeat Kenin. According to the WTA website, Stephens remarked after the match, “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a situation where I’ve had many match points over the course of the match and didn’t lose my mind. I’m just very proud.”
Kenin was defeated by Stephens in three sets.
Stephens broke Kenin twice in the first game to take the opening set with ease. Stephens established a solid 5-1 lead in the second set after winning the opening set with ease. Kenin refused to give up, initially saving two match points on her serve in the seventh game despite being down a set and two breaks.
On Stephens’ serve in the eighth game, Kenin then turned back two match opportunities to recover one break. Kenin fully reentered the contest after serving out the ninth game and breaking Stephens once again in the tenth game. In the eleventh game, Kenin fended off a break point before taking the tiebreaker to force a decider.
Stephens served out the first game of the third set before the game was stopped by rain. In the second game, Stephens broke Kenin for a 2-0 lead when they came back, and she later had a 40-15 serve until the rain once more called the match off.
When play picked back up, Kenin overcame a 5-2 hole to tie the set at five games each. Stephens was able to maintain her composure and serve out the 11th game to take the lead at 6-5 after missing her fifth match point in the 10th game.
Stephens defeated Kenin in the 12th game and converted her sixth match point to clinch the victory. Next, Stephens portrays Maria Sakkari.