QUEBEC CITY, Canada – No.5 seed Sofia Kenin needed just 55 minutes to book a spot in the second WTA semifinal of her season and career on Friday afternoon, as the American teenager defeated No.3 seed Monica Puig, 6-3, 6-1.
Kenin previously advanced to the final four of the Mallorca Open in June as a qualifier, when she scored her first-ever Top 10 victory over top seed Caroline Garcia en route before falling to eventual champion Tatjana Maria.
Kenin served six aces and lost just six points on serve in the victory, never facing break point over the course of the contest.
On return, the American has ample success on Puig’s second serve, allowing the Puerto Rican to go just 8-for-21 on points when she hit one, and went 4-for-5 on break points overall.
“Monica is a tough player. It was obviously tough in the first set but I felt like I really had to play well to win,” Kenin said after the match.
“By the score, it may seem it was easy, but every point was hard, and I have a lot of respect for her. She’s been there, and she’s really tough to play.”