Australian Open: Sofia Kenin Defeats Garbiñe Muguruza for Her First Major Title
Sofia Kenin became Australian Open champion, beating Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to claim her first Grand Slam title.
At 21 years and 80 days of age, Kenin is 22 days younger than Naomi Osaka was when she won the title last year. In the previous Grand Slam tournament, the United States Open in September, the champion was the 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu. Kenin is the youngest champion in Melbourne since a 20-year-old Maria Sharapova won here in 2008.
The youngest Australian Open champion is Martina Hingis, who was 16 when she won in 1997.
LEARNING WITH TIMES
The French Open is played on clay, which owes its red colour to the crushed brick which forms the upper layer of the surface. There are three layers in all – one of limestone, one of clinker and one of stone – as well as drainage pipes. Clay is the slowest of surfaces. Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four historic tennis tournaments which make up the legendary Grand Slam. The four tournaments all being played on different surfaces: Plexi cushion in Australia, Clay at Roland Garros, Grass at Wimbledon and Decoturf at the US Open. The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open are the four Grand Slam tournaments. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and the US Open in August/September.