American Sofia Kenin wins Guangzhou WTA title over Stosur

22 Septembre, 2019, 01:22 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Samantha Stosur will face Sofia Kenin in the Guangzhou Open final after each came through three-set semi-finals

Stosur, who won the 2011 US Open, has dropped significantly in the WTA rankings since 2017, with persistent shoulder injuries a major concern for the 35-year-old.

The final of the 2019 WTA Guangzhou Open will be played on Saturday, September 21 between Samantha Stosur and Sofia Kenin.

Third-seeded American Kenin also required three sets to battle past Anna Blinkova 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-1.

Kenin again took an early break lead in the second set, as she won Stosur's first service game and led 2-0, but lost 12 of the next 13 points to see Stosur reclaim the lead.

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Kenin, seeded third and into the top 20 in the world, is fast making a name for herself in women's tennis.

Stosur, who arrived into the week ranked 129th in the world, soon rediscovered her service rhythm and went on to convert five of her next 14 break point opportunities to seal victory.

Sofia Kenin of the United States hits a return against Anna Blinkova of Russian Federation during their women's singles semi-final match at the Guangzhou Open tennis tournament in Guangzhou in China's southern Guangdong province on September 20, 2019.

In fact, before the start of this competition, Stosur was 6-10 win-loss on hard courts, which included a first round loss at the US Open and a qualifying defeat at the New York Open. "She's very tough to play against so I'm just happy to get through".

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