Sofia Kenin was elated and emotional after fulfilling a childhood dream by winning the Australian Open in her grand slam final debut on Saturday.
Kenin became the youngest American major champion since Serena Williams at the 2002 US Open after rallying past former world number one Garbine Muguruza 4-6 6-2 6-2 in Melbourne on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, the youngest Australian Open finalist since Maria Sharapova in 2008, lost a tense opening set, lasting 52 minutes, but lit up Rod Laver Arena with her tenacious approach to blitz Muguruza.
Fronting the crowd during the trophy ceremony, 14th seed Kenin – who upstaged world number one Ash Barty in the semi-final – said: “I’d like to congratulate Garbine on a great match and a great tournament. I’m sure we are going to have many more finals to come in the future.
“I’m on cloud nine right now, I just can’t believe this.”