Guadalajara: Dolehide defeats Kenin, becomes second lowest-ranked WTA 1000 finalist

Caroline Dolehide defeated Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night. She’ll play the winner of the match between Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the No 3 seed, and Greek Maria Sakkari, the second seed, for the title

Caroline Dolehide of the United States in action during the 2022 WTA Guadalajara Open Caroline Dolehide of the United States in action during the 2022 WTA Guadalajara Open Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic
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The dream week continues for 25-year-old Caroline Dolehide. The 111th-ranked American ousted Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night in Guadalajara to become the first player ranked outside the top 100 to reach a WTA 1000 final, and just the second all-time.

Dolehide, who rallied from a break down in both sets to take out the 2020 Australian Open champion, will play the winner of the match between Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the No 3 seed, and Greek Maria Sakkari, the second seed, next.

Dolehide was ranked 161 this time last year. She is projected to make her top-50 debut next week as a result of reaching the final, and could crack the top-30 with a title. Her previous career-high ranking entering this week was 99.

Five of her nine wins this season have come in succession this week in Guadalajara.

“Honestly I feel really confident in the work that I’ve put in,” said Dolehide. “Not only months, but literally years… It’s been a lot of hours and I just trust the process.”

Caroline Dolehide beat Peyton Stearns (6-7 (1), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2)), lucky loser Sachia Vickery (6-3, 4-6, 6-1), Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, the No 8 seed (6-1, 6-2) and Italian Martina Trevisan (3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-3) earlier in the tournament.

In the previous rounds, Kenin, ranked No 53, defeated Canadian qualifier Carol Zhao (6-4, 6-3), Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, the No 12 seed (6-2, 7-6 (5)), Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the No 6 seed (6-4, 7-5) and Canadian Leylah Fernandez (6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1).

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