Sofia Kenin looks forward to face Serena Williams in the French Open third round. In an interview to ESPN on Friday, just 24 hours before their clash, Kenin commented on how it will feel like to face the 23-time Grand Slam winner who is bidding to equal the Margaret Court record.
"I have so much respect for Serena", the 20-year-old admitted. "She's done so much for tennis, for American tennis. i watched her so much growing up, along with [Maria] Sharapova and other players, of course.
It's just crazy, I would have never guessed that in a few years I'd be playing Serena Williams in the third round at Roland Garros. I would have been jumping off the couch back then. Hopefully I can handle my emotions well tomorrow.
And try not to overthink it. It's going to be a little bit strange, looking across the net and it's Serena there, but I'm going to have to just lock in and take it as any other match, and just play." Comparing her current mindset in a Grand Slam to the Fed Cup, Kenin added: "It's a different kind of pressure.
You're playing for your country, for your team, and you don't want to let them down. It's obviously really good to have this responsibility. It means they believe in you", concluded the Moscow native.