|Kenin Upends No.1 Barty 6-7, 6-3, 6-4|
By Harry Cummins
20 year-old phenom Sofia Kenin shocked the world's No 1 ranked women's tennis player Tuesday, knocking Australian Ash Barty from the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto and continuing her own 2019 breakout season that now numbers 29 match wins, two WTA Crowns, and her first ever victory over a top 5 WTA player.
Earlier this season, Kenin stunned Serena Williams in straight sets at the French Open, before loosing in 3 sets to Barty in the fourth round in Paris. Barty ultimately went on to capture the French Open, her first major title along with the No 1 ranking in women's tennis.
Born in Russia and raised in Florida, Sofia Kenin is now rocketing up the rankings, knocking on the door of the top 20 players in the world. She will next play either former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka, or Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in Rogers Cup play which is part of the US Open Series leading up to the year's final grand slam in New York.
Craw's Corner first reported on Kenin in a January 11,2019 post entitled 'Sofia Down-Under, A Tennis Prodigy Comes of Age.' You can find this detailed story on Kenin in our Blog Achive.
With her win over Barty, Kenin becomes the youngest American to defeat a reigning No 1 since 2011. Known as Sonya to her friends, Kenin turned pro in 2017 at the age of 18. She turned down a University of Miami scholarship in making her decision.