American tennis player Sofia Kenin apparently used up everything she had to claim the scalp of Serena Williams at the French Open.
She tried her best, but in her next match against the great Australian hope Ashleigh Barty, Kenin did not have what she needed, losing 3 – 6, 6 – 3, 0 – 6.
Barty has made it through to her first quarter-final at the French Open, giving hope to the Australian tennis fans who have not seen an Australian singles champion since Margaret Court in 1973.
Court won five times overall, twice in the Amateur Era and three times in the Open Era, so if Barty has any dreams of chasing Court’s figure, 2019 would be an excellent place to begin.
Barty is frequently on our radar, because we love code hopping and she once took a break from tennis to play cricket.
“It (playing cricket) was incredible, it made me more hungry to come back and have success in tennis,” Barty told reporters post-match in remarks picked up by the AAP. “It’s my first time this week playing on this beautiful court and I just wanted to come out here and enjoy it.”
Barty’s next match is Madison Keys, another American. Keys is the 14th seed and made it to the last four in 2018, so it would seem as though clay is a good surface for her.
Rod Laver, the last Australian to win the men’s singles in 1969, was there to observe Barty move ahead. Laver was there to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his second calendar-year grand slam.
The second set Barty dropped to Kenin was the first she has surrendered in the 2019 French Open, which may have come as a mild disappointment, but was quickly forgotten when she won the match by blanking Kenin in the third set.
If she can win three more matches, Barty will inscribe her name alongside Margaret Court.