American Sofia Kenin has reached her first grand slam semi-final after a 6-4 6-4 victory over Ons Jabeur at the Australian Open.
The most surprising of the last-eight clashes was also a contrast of styles between the steady, driven Kenin and Tunisian Jabeur, who possesses a magic box of tricks but does not always know how best to deploy them.
In the end, American Kenin came out on top, and this victory takes her to the verge of the top 10 with potentially more to come.
“I’m super excited,” said 21-year-old Kenin, 21. “It was a tough match.”
Kenin was forced to save three break points at 2-3 in the second set in a marathon of a game, and she felt that phase of the match was the key to her victory.
“It was a tough moment,” Kenin explained. “I didn’t know it was 10 minutes (but) it was pretty long, the game.
“After that I got my momentum and started playing better.”
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