Inspired American outsider Lauren Davis dispatched second seed Sofia Kenin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday in a second-round fightback at the Volvo Open in Charleston
No. 79 Davis said she took extra confidence from her defeat of the 2020 Australian Open winner who has yet to hit full stride after undergoing an appendix operation in Australia in February.
Davis said she was able to stage her fightback by changing her match strategy on the fly after dropping the opening set at the crowd-free WTA event.
“i went in with a game plan but found it was not working,” the winner said. “I was not comfortable on the court.
“But I dug deep and thought about how to turn it around. I started hitting the heavy, deep balls that she doesn’t like
“I found that pushing her back on the court was very effective. I changed my serve a bit… and getting first serves in made life easier.”
Davis said she had to work not to be put off when Kenin took a 10-minute injury time out.
“I didn’t stress about it too much, The timing was not ideal, but I had momentum going.
“She then won three games in a row and started playing a lot better. I had to not let her take the momentum and possibly win the match.
“I remained present and found a way to keep going and playing my game.”
Main photo:- Sofia Kenin was dumped by Lauren Davis