Garbiñe Muguruza's comeback halted in Australian Open final

Muguruza embraces Kenin following the final.
Muguruza embraces Kenin following the final. / AFP
  • American prodigy Sofia Kenin fought back from one set down to claim her first Grand Slam win in Melbourne on Saturday

Young American tennis star Sofia Kenin brought an end to Garbiñe Muguruza's recent recovery with victory in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday morning.

Kenin, 21, became the youngest Australian Open champion since Maria Sharapova in 2008 after coming back from one set down to win 4-6 6-2 6-2.

Twenty-six-year-old Muguruza, who went into the tournament unseeded, was aiming to round off a remarkable return to form with her third Grand Slam win, following the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.

The former world number one was the favourite to beat Kenin after having reached the final by beating four seeded players, including three against top-10 opponents (Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens).

However, in the final, unforced errors and erratic serving got the better of her. In the fifth game of the final set, four unforced errors surrendered a 40-15 lead, gifting a crucial break to Kenin - an opportunity the American wasn't going to pass up.