Sofia Kenin reached the eighth finals in New York for the first time in six US Open participations. The American tennis star also stayed against Ons Jabeur without losing a set, but the player from Tunisia offered excellent resistance: 7-6 (4), 6-3.
At the beginning of this year Kenin won her first Grand Prix title (at the Australian Open) and then beat Jabeur in the quarter finals (6-4, 6-4). Jabeur, the number 31 in the world, again beat a lot of winners: 35 no less. Kenin, however, played more consistently and made fewer mistakes.
“My title at the Australian Open has changed a lot”, Kenin said afterwards. “The first period after that I had a lot of trouble dealing with pressure. I’ve repacked and now I feel like I’m playing better”
In the eighth finals she meets Elise Mertens from Belgium, who survived two setpoints against the American Caty McNally and eventually won 7-5, 6-1.