Sofia Kenin achieved two tremendously difficult things. The 19-year-old American earned today her first victory against a Top 10 player -Caroline Garcia, first seed- and also advanced to the first WTA semifinals of her career.
The World No. 6, champion here in the inaugural edition of 2016, could not avoid the triumph of the player coming from the previous phase.
“I’m very happy. She’s a great player. It was a really tough match and I knew I had to fight until the end. I knew I was playing well and I had a lot of confidence,” Kenin said to WTA after the match. “I had to fight but I knew I could do it.”
.@SonyaKenin completes the upset and books a place in her first ever WTA semifinal!
— WTA (@WTA) 22 de junio de 2018
The World No. 91 will play her first WTA semifinals after breaking Garcia three times in a clash that stretched one hour and 21 minutes.
“I started getting a little nervous closing the match, but I was able to win, so that’s important,” Kenin said. “I love grass a lot, so I know this is my surface. I got a lot of match play [coming out of the qualifying]…but it’s good match play, and I won a lot of good matches.”