Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin says she has been able to practice during the current tennis shutdown and is eager to get back to competing when the professional circuit resumes in the United States later this month.
Sofia Kenin on the tennis shutdown due to the global pandemic
The 21 year old Sofia Kenin won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January and also won the WTA Lyon event before the tennis circuit was shutdown in March due to the global pandemic.
The American says she was in great form early on in the year and the sudden break from the tour was a disadvantage for her. Speaking to Reuters, Kenin says, "I did not expect that, it was a huge shock. I would say it was a disadvantage, because I was playing really well and I had a great two weeks and it was very memorable.
So obviously it was very upsetting with what happened with this whole virus thing. I was just celebrating the moment after winning my first Grand Slam. I thought it was going to be about playing more tournaments, create more experiences, play lot more matches and see all my fans”.
The American says she has been working hard on her game during the shutdown and is ready to get back to the events. "I was working on different aspects of my game. My serve, getting more power in my shots. I’ve worked (hard) during this mini off-season, I would say.
I have been practising every day. I know there are some players in Europe that weren’t able to practise for a month or more. But here I was able to practise, doing fitness, so I keep myself ready and keep myself in shape for when the tournaments start happening”.
Sofia Kenin is currently ranked a career high No. 4 in the world rankings. She won her first Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open in Melbourne and became the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women's singles title since Serena Williams in 2002.
She has won five WTA singles titles and two WTA doubles titles in her career so far, and also nearly $6 million in career prize money. Kenin has said she will play the Cincinnati event that is scheduled to be held later this month.