USA’s Sofia Kenin has claimed the second WTA title of her career after a 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Belinda Bencic. She adds to her title won in Hobart at the start of the year.
Bencic had three championship points at 5-4, but all three went begging, the third squandered with a double fault. Kenin then fired a forehand passing winner to reach break point, and after another backhand winner by the American, it was 5-5 and the American had escaped.
Kenin had 48 winners to 38 unforced errors during the final, and converted four of her nine break points, winning over half of the points when facing a Bencic second serve. Bencic had 28 winners to 26 unforced errors; half of those unforced errors were her 13 double faults.
“I’m playing really well, fighting for every point and taking as much advantage as I can,” Kenin stated. “This really is great, and I’m just so happy with how I’m playing.”