Two Americans Remain In The AO


At the end of day seven and the beginning of the second week of the first major, there are two American tennis players remaining in the singles draw. If you picked these two players when the draw came out, then I am coming to you for stock tips. Seriously, these are not the two players I expected to still be in the draw at the start of the second week; yet, here they are.

Getty Images AsiaPac: Sofia Kenin

[14] Sofia Kenin, is a twenty-one-year old Russian born American; she got to a career high of number twelve last year. In fact, last year was her breakout year, she won her three career singles titles last year. This is the furthest she has ever gone in the draw of a major and I imagine she is not ready to call it quits anytime soon. Today she knocked out fellow American, Cori Gauff, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-0. Can she win her first major at the Australian Open? If she gets by Ons Jabeur, she will meet either Ashleigh Barty or Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. She has a losing record against both players, so she would have to do something different in the semifinals to get to her first career major final.

Getty Images AsiaPac: Tennys Sandgren

Which American Will Go The Furthest?

[100] Tennys Sandgren, is a twenty-eight-year old American, who turned professional in 2011. He won his only career singles title last year in Auckland, so there is something about this area that inspires him. He got to a career high of forty-one last year; however, since then, his ranking has been all over the place. He lost in the second round in Auckland this season and as a result his ranking fell drastically. In fact, he just made it into the main draw, but here he is, the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. This is nothing new for the American though, he made the quarterfinals in 2018 as well; thus, he will be hoping to go even further this year. The draw unfortunately will not get any easier for him and now with his knee bothering him, how much does he have left realistically to challenge his next opponent? He can take solace in today’s victory though, he defeated [12] Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4.

SOURCE OF IMAGES: (Getty Images AsiaPac).

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