‘This is a good turnaround for me,’ says Sofia Kenin as she reaches Lyon Open final

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Sofia Kenin in action

She has had a tough couple of weeks, but Sofia Kenin’s game is finally coming together in Lyon as she reached her sixth WTA Tour final.

Having made first-round exits in Dubai and Doha, the Australian Open champion has found some rhythm again with her latest win a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-2) defeat of Alison Van Uytvanck in the semi-finals.

The two-hour 27-minute tussle was a bit of a see-saw encounter as each player broke twice in the first set before the top-seeded Kenin edged ahead via the tie-breaker while after one break each in the second set, it was the Belgian who took the set.

There were no breaks of serve in the decider, but this time the American dominated the tie-breaker.

“I’m happy to be in the finals. I wasn’t 100 percent in the last two weeks in Dubai and Doha, but I played some tough players,” Kenin said.

“I think this is a good turnaround for me. I’ve had a few matches, and even though it’s not the best tennis, I would say, but in each match win, I’m playing better and better.”

She added: “I know her game pretty well, so I knew what I needed to do. She’s improved a lot, and I’ve improved. I expected her to come out and play some big tennis and serve big.”

Kenin will take on the unseeded Anna-Lena Friedsam in the final after the German upset seventh seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

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