Garbine Muguruza Set Up Final Clash Against Kenin

 Garbine Muguruza Set Up Final Clash Against Kenin

      Garbine Muguruza continued her recent revival by reaching the Australian Open final with a straight-set win over Romania’s Simona Halep.

The unseeded Spaniard, 26, battled past the fourth seed in a tense 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 semi-final victory.

The two-time Grand Slam champion fought off four set points in the opener and twice came back from a break down in the second.

It is Muguruza’s first appearance in a Grand slam final since she won the Wimbledon title in 2017.

Muguruza clinched victory with her second match point when a six-shot rally ended with Halep hitting a return into the net.

She will face American Sofia Kenin in Saturday’s final.

SOFIA KENIN

Sofia kenin who reached her first grand slam final by beating a nervous top seed Ashleigh Barty in straight sets in the Australian open semi-finals.                                                        

The 21-year-old American, seeded 14th, won 7-6 (8-6) 7-5  at Melbourne park.

Australian Barty, aiming to become the first home woman to reach the final in 40 years, failed to convert two set points in each set.

Kenin is the first American to reach the Australian open final, outside of the Williams sisters, since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.

Mary Akinsola

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