Barty admitted she had no answers to Kenin's incredible performance in front of the sell out Rod Laver arena, which saw the world number one miss three break-point chances in the sixth game and blow two set points from 6-4 up in the tiebreaker.
“I didn’t feel super comfortable. I felt like my first plan wasn’t working. I couldn’t execute the way that I wanted. I tried to go to B and C,” Barty said.
“I try and go out and play the way I want to play. If it doesn’t work, I know I have different tools I can go to. I tried to go to those tools today. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite scrap enough to get over the line.”
As always, her resilience is straight-up inspiring.
“Yeah, it’s disappointing, but it’s been a hell of a summer," she said. "If you had told me three weeks ago that we would have won a tournament in Adelaide, made the semi-finals of the Australian Open, I’d take that absolutely every single day of the week. But I put myself in a position to win the match today and just didn’t play the biggest points well enough to be able to win. I have to give credit where credit’s due. Sofia came out and played aggressively on those points and deserved to win.”