A new Australian Open Ladies champion will be crowned as Kenin is set to face Muguruza
American rising Star Kenin will have her chance to become a Grand Slam champion against a resurging and impressive Muguruza
World number 15 Sofia Kenin will have a chance to bring the Australian Open trophy back to America as she is set to face off against Garbine Muguruza of Spain. The American won 3 titles in her young career so far but none of them come close to what she might win if she beats Muguruza.
She had a spectacular tournament so far in which she beat all but one opponent in straight sets. She only lost a set against Coco Gauff. None victory was more impressive than her win against hometown favourite Ashleigh Barty. She was spectacular while serving winning 80 % of those points along with 8 aces. Despite that, she only managed to hit 50 % of her 1st serves which she will need to improve against Garbine.
Muguruza is a grand slam champion as she won Wimbledon and the French Open before. So being in a final will not feel strange for Muguruza but it is an opportunity she didn't' expect coming here. Nobody thought of her as being able to make a strong run here but she did and she did it deservedly so. Similar to her opponent she too only dropped one set en route to the final. It was in the 1st round and since then she was perfect.
What worked so far has been her all-round game. She serves well, she is extremely aggressive during rallies and she is hitting winners at a good rate. She makes a lot of mistakes as well and it was evident in the match against Halep where she had 44 unforced errors. Such a number might prove costly against Kenin so she would need to reduce that.
All in all, it will be a spectacular match as both players deserved to be in the final. They played the best and most consistent tennis and they should repeat that in the final. Whether Kenin will win her first or Muguruza her 3rd remains to be seen. What is certain is that we will have a new queen of Melbourne. The match is set to be played at 9:30 CET on the 1st of February.