Sofia Kenin Claims Her First WTA Singles Title In Hobart

Tanuja Saikhom | 5 months ago

American Sofia Kenin thrashed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-0 to earn her maiden WTA Tour singles title at the Hobart International. The 20-year-old needed one hour and 11 minutes to overcome the Slovak and became the first American to win the WTA International event since Amy Frazier in 2004.

The win was the second title in two weeks for the World No 56 Kenin. She won her first WTA doubles title on Sunday. She and her partner Eugenie Bouchard defeated the pair of Paige Mary Hourigan and Taylor Townsend 1-6, 6-1,7-10 to win her first WTA doubles title at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

World No 77 Schmiedlova won the opening point and broke Kenin three times in the fourth game, but the young American fought back to settle the set with 6-3. 

Moscow-born Kenin dominated the second set as she didn’t concede a point to her opponent and wrapped the match after Schmiedlova dropped outside the line.

Kenin didn’t lose a set in her previous matches of the tournament as she beat top-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-3,6-2 in the round of 32 and former Hobart champion Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal.

The loss Hobart ended Schmiedlova’s run of three straight wins in WTA finals. It was also her first defeat in a decider since February 2015.