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As it happened: Kenin fights back to win 2020 Australian Open women’s final in three sets against Muguruza

That’s it from Rod Laver Arena! We hope you enjoyed our live blog of the 2020 Australian Open women’s final.

In the end, Kenin was just too good, fighting back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in just over two hours.

Considering she hadn’t previously made it past the fourth round at a major, the performance caps off a meteoric rise for her here in Melbourne.

For Muguruza, she misses the chance to become the first Spanish woman to win the tournament. Instead she joins Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (twice) and her coach Conchita Martinez as Australian Open runners-up from her country.

Be sure to tune back into The Age and Sydney Morning Herald tomorrow as we bring you all the action from the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.

Good night!

Kenin in a state of shock as Muguruza serves an eighth double-fault to deliver the American her first grand slam trophy.

Kenin is presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy and she gives it a little kiss.

The 21-year-old congratulates Muguruza on a great match and tournament and says she is sure they’ll play each other in more finals in the future.

She says her dream has officially true and that she can’t describe the feeling. She says she is “so emotional” because she has worked so hard to get here.

Kenin says she is so grateful to be standing on the podium and that dreams come true – “If you have a dream, go for it and it’s going to come true.”

The American says it’s an honour and privilege “to be here” and describes the 2020 Australian Open as the best two weeks of her life.

Finally, she thanks her team, her dad and her mum, saying she’s “grateful from the bottom of my heart.”

Kenin drops her racquet in disbelief as she realises she is the newest Australian Open champion!

Sofia Kenin.

Sofia Kenin.Credit:Getty Images

Kenin becomes the first American woman who is not Serena Williams to win the Australian Open since Jennifer Capriati in 2002!

In the end, Muguruza was undone by her unforced errors, almost doubling Kenin in that department 45-23, including 8 double-faults to 0.

But Kenin won 65 per cent of her second-serve points, compared to Muguruza’s 31 per cent, and broke the Spaniard five times while being broken just twice herself.

Ultimately, the American won 15 more points 92-77.

At just 21 years of age, Kenin wins her first grand slam!!

Muguruza wins the first two points, including her eighth ace, but a superb return of serve from Kenin makes it 30-15.

The Spaniard responds with her ninth ace of the match, before cancelling that out with her sixth and seventh double-faults to take it to deuce! That’s the third time this match Muguruza has served consecutive double-faults.

Kenin brings up a championship point with a big backhand winner, but she blows it by returning Muguruza’s serve past the baseline.

The American brings up a second championship point with a fantastic cross-court forehand winner and in keeping with the theme of the night, Muguruza gifts it to her with an eighth double-fault!!

Kenin defeats Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and three minutes.

Kenin shoots out to a 40-0, but loses the next two points, including an incredible 14-shot rally, to give Muguruza a sniff of a break!

However, the American manages to consolidate her crucial break to take a 5-2 lead in the third set! Muguruza serving to stay in the match!

Muguruza wins a fantastic 19-shot rally to go up 30-15 before serving her seventh ace of the match to go up 40-15.

But a pair of unforced errors from the Spaniard take the game to deuce and she gives Kenin a break point after hitting the ball wide! For the second time in this match, Muguruza gifts the American a break with a double-fault – her fifth of the match!! Kenin leads the third set 4-2!

Muguruza brings up a triple break-point at 0-40 up after Kenin hits a ball into the net from inside the box!

But the American saves all three of them with a trio of brilliant winners down the line! So gutsy from Kenin!

Kenin then hits her second ace of the match to go up advantage and wins her fifth point in a row to hold serve! What a hold by the American. She leads the third set 3-2 and the set remains on serve – just!

A superb backhand winner from Kenin gives her a 15-30 lead, but Muguruza fights back to win the next three points, including her sixth ace, to hold. That is back-to-back love games on serve for the Spaniard.

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