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Sofia Kenin Shocks Muguruza To Claim First Grand Slam Title At Australian Open

Sofia Kenin won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with a surprise three-set win over Garbine Muguruza.




Sofia Kenin (@Australian Open on Twitter)

Sofia Kenin Shocks Muguruza To Claim First Grand Slam Title At Australian Open


Sofia Kenin shone on one of the biggest stages in tennis as she fought back from a set down to beat Garbine Muguruza 4-6 6-2 6-2 and claim her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

The American, 21, had never even reached a major quarter-final before the event. Now she is a champion and she will move up to World No.7 when the new rankings are released.

“My dream officially came true,” Kenin said in her winner’s speech. “I cannot even describe this feeling. It’s so emotional and I’ve worked so hard and I’m just so grateful to be standing here.”

The American continued, “These past two weeks have been the best of my life. I would like to thank my team and my dad. Thank you for making this possible. I can’t believe we’re here today.”

Kenin started brightly and won six of the first seven points. Then Muguruza settled down and fought back to hold serve in the second game.

In the next game, the Spaniard played a typically aggressive point to get to deuce. Then she punished a short ball with a cross-court winner to earn the first break point of the match.

The American saved it, along with another one a few points later. However, Muguruza eventually got the break when Kenin hit a forehand wide of the court.

The 14th seed tried hard to break back in the Spaniard’s next two service games. But Muguruza held firm to establish a 4-2 lead.

It looked as if the set would end quickly when Kenin fell 0-40 behind in game seven. However, the American refused to buckle. She saved four break points and went on to win the game.

Muguruza then gifted the 14th seed a break with one of the worst service games you are ever likely to see. She made two unforced errors and two double faults.

Kenin did not capitalise. She made two errors at the start of the next game and the Spaniard pounced. She hit a forehand winner to earn two break points, and then forced an error from the American with a deep volley.

Muguruza successfully closed out the set thanks to two unreturnable serves and a couple of errors from Kenin.

Kenin rises while Muguruza dips

Garbine Muguruza (@Australian Open on Twitter)

That first set was as good as it got for Muguruza. During the rest of the match, her performance steadily declined.

Meanwhile, Kenin got better and better as the match went on. She held to love twice at the start of the second set. Then she broke the Spaniard to move 3-1 ahead.

For the rest of the set, the American ran Muguruza ragged. She scurried around the court and made it very difficult for the two-time Grand Slam champion to dictate proceedings.

The Spaniard did not find an effective way to respond. She hit just three winners while making seven unforced errors in the last four games of the set. Consequently, Kenin broke her again and quickly wrapped up the set 6-2.

Kenin continues to shine, Muguruza fades away

Sofia Kenin (@Australian Open on Twitter)

At the start of the decider, both players looked nervous. Muguruza made a series of errors, while Kenin struggled to play two good points in a row. In the end, both players held twice, and it was 2-2.

The fifth game of the set effectively decided the match. The Spaniard played aggressively to make it 0-40 on the American’s serve.

Then Kenin responded in outstanding fashion. She dragged Muguruza around the court on each of the next three points and finished all the rallies with clinical winners. Two points, the American secured the hold with a pass after the Spaniard unwisely chose to come to the net after a mid-court shot.

Muguruza seemed unaffected by that disappointment when she went 40-15 up in the next game. Then she fell apart. She made three unforced errors and a double fault to hand Kenin a priceless break.

The Spaniard suffered a similar collapse in what turned out to be the last game of the match. She hit two aces on her way to 40-15. Then she made two double faults.

The American earned her first match point with a backhand winner down the line. Muguruza saved it with a good serve. Then Kenin hit a cross-court forehand winner to earn another chance.

Appropriately, given her performance, the Spaniard made another double fault to gift the young American the point she need to achieve her dream of Grand Slam glory.





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US Open To Allow Full Capacity Crowds A Year After Being Held Behind Closed Doors

The announcement is the latest step in a gradual return to normality in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.




The US Open will become the first Grand Slam to take place without any restrictions on the number of spectators attending since the COVID-19 crises turned into a worldwide pandemic.


The Associated Press has confirmed that the USTA, who are in charge of the tournament, will allow 100% fan capacity throughout the entire two weeks. Something that hasn’t happened at a major event in tennis since the 2020 Australian Open. The announcement is a dramatic contrast to last year when Flushing Meadows was held behind closed doors amid a surge of cases in the region.

Earlier this week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had reached their target of issuing 70% of the population at least one COVID-19 vaccination. He has now lifted ‘state-mandated’ restrictions across both commercial and social settings with immediate effect. However, masks will still need to be worn at large venues for the time being. According to the latest COVID-19 figures, New York reported 450 new cases last week which was the lowest-level since the pandemic began.

The development is a major boost for the USTA who suffered big financial losses last season. According to information provided in September, US Open revenue fell by an estimated 50% and the USTA expected their net operating profit to decline by roughly 80%. To put this into perspective the 2018 event generated $300M in revenue.

In 2019 a total of 737,872 fans attended the US Open over a two-week period and a further 115,355 attended during the fan week. Making it the first time the tournament has welcomed more than 850,000 people to the event.

Tickets for the 2021 tournament are set to go on sale next month with all court tickets and ground passes being available. No information on the pricing of those tickets have been released yet.

There has been a steady rise of fans allowed to attend major tournaments in the sport. At the French Open 5000 spectators were allowed to attend daily to begin with before the number increased to 13,000 later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Wimbledon will start at 50% capacity and rise to 100% for the finals.

The US Open takes place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12 in Flushing Meadows, New York.

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Wimbledon Award Wild Cards To Former Champions Andy Murray, Venus Williams

Here is a list of which players have received passes into this year’s tournament.




Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will make his 13th appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon after being awarded a wild card on Wednesday by The All England Club.


Murray, who won the men’s title in 2013 and 2016, is currently on the comeback from a groin injury which forced him to miss three months of the Tour this season. The latest setback for the Brit who has also undergone two hip surgeries in recent years in order to prolong his career. Murray is currently participating at the Cinch Championships in Queen’s where he beat Benoit Paire in his first round match on Tuesday.

“Look, I love playing tennis,” an emotional Murray said following his win over Paire.
“Obviously, competing is why you put in all the hard work.
“The last few years, I’ve not go to do that as much as I would have liked so, yeah [it’s] just great that I’m out here and able to compete again.”

Another player to receive one of the initial wild cards is Spanish rising star Carlos Alcaraz who is currently ranked 78th in the world. The 18-year-old recently reached the third round of the French Open as a qualifier and won a Challenger title on clay. Last month he broke into the ATP top 100 for the first time to become the youngest player to do so since Borna Coric in 2014.

As for the women, Venus Williams has been given entry into the main draw. At the age of 40, Williams is one of the oldest players on the WTA Tour and she has only won three out of 18 matches played since the start of 2020. She is a five-time champion at Wimbledon with her most recent triumph taking place back in 2018. It will be her 23rd main draw appearance at Wimbledon.

Regarding the British players, Jay Clarke, Liam Broady, Katie Boulter and Harriet Dart have all been awarded wild cards. So has youngster Jack Draper, who stunned Jannik Sinner at Queen’s earlier this week.

Full list of wild cards


  1. Carlos ALCARAZ (ESP)
  2. Liam BROADY (GBR)
  3. Jay CLARKE (GBR)
  4. Jack DRAPER (GBR)
  5. Andy MURRAY (GBR)
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced
  8. To be announced


  1. Katie BOULTER (GBR)
  2. Jodie BURRAGE (GBR)
  3. Harriet DART (GBR)
  4. Francesca JONES (GBR)
  5. Samantha MURRAY SHARAN (GBR)
  6. Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
  7. Not used – Next direct acceptance
  8. Not used – Next direct acceptance


  1. Liam BROADY (GBR) and Ryan PENISTON (GBR)
  2. Jay CLARKE (GBR) and Marius COPIL (ROU)
  4. Alastair GRAY (GBR) and Aidan MCHUGH (GBR)
  5. Stuart PARKER (GBR) and James WARD (GBR)
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced


  1. Naiktha BAINS (GBR) and Samantha MURRAY SHARAN (GBR)
  2. Harriet DART (GBR) and Heather WATSON (GBR)
  3. Sarah Beth GREY (GBR) and Emily WEBLEY-SMITH (GBR)
  4. Tara MOORE (GBR) and Eden SILVA (GBR)
  5. To be announced
  6. To be announced
  7. To be announced

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Wimbledon Finals To Be Played In Front Of Full Capacity Crowd In UK first Since Lockdown

The grass-court Grand Slam has been granted a special exemption from the government which will allow them to welcome thousands to the tournament over a two-week period.




The Wimbledon Championships received a major boost after being listed as a pilot event by the British Government which allows them to welcome more spectators than the current restrictions.


Under the agreement, The All England Club will start the tournament welcoming 50% of it’s ground capacity to the venue which is more than double what was estimated a few weeks ago. The limit will gradually increase as the tournament progresses until finals weekend when both the women’s and men’s title matches will be played in front of 15,000 fans. Making it the first outdoor sporting event in the country that will take place in front of a full capacity crowd since the country went into it’s first lockdown last year.

The announcement coincides with the British government announcing a four-week extension to their plans of ending all restrictions currently in place due to the pandemic. The delay has been triggered due to concerns related to the Indian variant and its transmission rate. However, Wimbledon has been added to the Events Research Program which is a series of pilot events being used to monitor the spead of COVID-19 at sporting and entertainment events.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Government to finalise the details including the requirements for Covid-status certification for spectators,” the All England Club said in a statement.
“We are pleased to have worked closely with the government, public health bodies, and our local authority in Merton, to confirm that, as part of this next phase of pilot events, the Championships 2021 will begin on Monday 28 June with 50% capacity across the grounds, building to full capacity crowds of 15,000 on Centre Court for the finals weekend.
“This will enable us to fulfil our aspiration of staging the best Wimbledon possible within the current circumstances, with the health and safety of all those who make Wimbledon happen – our guests, competitors, members, staff, media, officials, local residents, and partners – remaining our highest priority.”

Last year Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time in the Open Era and was the only major not to take place. However, the grass-court major had the luxury of having pandemic insurance which substantially helped cover their costs. The tournament does not have such a policy this year however.

The Wimbledon Championships will start on June 28th. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are the defending champions.

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