Sofia Kenin said, she’s leading the ”American Dream” on Tuesday after the 14th seed fourth in Moscow-born with stars and stripes Racquet reached in her first Grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open
The 21- year-old teenager who beat fellow American Coco Gauff in the previous round, faced top seed Ashleigh Barty in the last four defeating unseeded Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4.
Kenin, when she was younger, she moved to the United States with her family. Their names were reportedly only a few hundred dollars.
”Kenin said, my parents, moved to the United States so that I could dream American.”
”They gave me an American dream, I am proud of it and thank them for it,” who will reach the age of 15, at least 12 years of age matching her career-high, and becoming the second-ranked American behind Serena Willams.
Kenin, a fiercely proud American with an aggressive playing style, said holding serve at 2-3 in the second set, a game that stretched to 10 minutes, was a turning point against Tunisia’s Jabeur.
”It was a difficult moment. They were playing well. I did not know it was ten minutes but it felt quite long.”
”But after that, I gained my momentum and started playing better.”
The 78th-ranked Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the Grand Slam quarter-final is always on the back foot.
The 25-year-old hit 18 unforced errors in the first set to kenin’s six.
Jabeur grazed her shin with her racquet in the second set and Kenin sealed her spot in the semi-final at the first match point when Jabeur’s return flopped into the net.
Kanin, which became professional in 2013, made his first three WTA titles last year when his career began.
He told his family, especially his father Alexander, who is also their coach tribute to when others did not support it.
”I really had to establish myself to show everyone who I am,” said Kenin, who came into Melbourne with little fanfare and had gone under the radar until now.
”I think a big part that got me here is my family were there for me.
”It was obviously tough. As I said, people didn’t really believe in me and everything.
”But they believed in me, especially my dad since he’s been with me through this incredible journey.”
Sofia Kenin beat Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals.
Sofia Kenin (R) defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 and now faces top seed Ashleigh Bartyy or Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova in the last four in Melbourne.