Sofia Kenin broke the hearts of a nation after holding her nerve to end Ash Barty’s dreams of Australian Open glory, taking out the top seed 7-6(6) 7-5 in a nail-biting semifinal.
Barty - who was bidding to become the first women’s Australian Open finalist since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 and the first to do so since the tournament moved to Melbourne Park - had coped admirably with the pressure all fortnight, but in Kenin she was up against a fearless 21-year-old who looks set to become one of the game’s new stars.
Kenin is enjoying a superb tournament, and she had already shown the ability to deal with a big occasion when she knocked Coco Gauff out in the fourth round. She will now look forward to a first Grand Slam final and a place in the top 10 when the tournament ends.
"It's a dream come true for me," said Kenin.
"It's surreal. I always believed I can. I didn't know exactly when. I feel like at this young age, I think it's incredible. Not everyone gets to live this moment, live this dream. I'm just really grateful for it."