Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin says she is beginning to play better with each match at the US Open in New York after her 7-6, 6-3 win over Tunisia's Ons Jabuer on Saturday. The 21 year old Kenin has not dropped a set in her first three matches in New York and has now won ten matches in a row at the Grand Slams.
Speaking to the press after her win, Kenin says, "I feel like I'm playing really well. Each match is better and better. Leading up to Aussie and here, I obviously wasn't feeling my game, then I started playing better in Australia and here.
Obviously that's good."
Sofia Kenin is missing the fans in New York but is grateful to play
The one thing that Kenin is missing in New York is having the fans to cheer her on, but says she feels grateful that she is still able to compete.
" The difference, of course, is the fans. I really miss the fans. They really help me out. At a moment that I feel tired, they would always help me. Yeah, obviously I don't like that. Obviously I prefer playing with them, for sure.
But, yeah, I just try not to pay attention to that because this is what it is, this is what everyone has to deal with. I think we should just be really grateful that US Open is happening because it was a 50/50. I feel like everyone is dealing with it really well.
Everyone is playing some really good tennis. Everyone is trying to pump themselves up. That's what I'm trying to do." Kenin will next play the Belgian Elise Mertens, who scored a 7-5, 6-1 win over young American Caty McNally and Kenin is prepared for a tough match against the No.
16 seed. "I played her in Wuhan last. It was a really close match. I won by two or three points. Obviously it's going to be really physical. She's playing well. She's had a lot of matches. Big serve. Big hitter. It's going to be a good matchup.
Like I said, I got to get my body ready because it's going to be physical. I hope it will be a good match." (Image Credit - US Open)