2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin said it was fun to play Cori Gauff even though she was the one that ended on the losing side. Kenin, 23, sustained an ankle injury in March and the exhibition match against Gauff was her first match after being sidelined for four months.
In an exhibition match that took place in Atlanta, Gauff ousted Kenin 6-1 6-2. Kenin missed the entire second half of the 2021 season before returning to action at the start of this season in Australia. After appearing in six tournaments and registering a 2-6 record, Kenin sustained a foot injury in Indian Wells and that's why she hasn't played any WTA events since March.
“Unfortunate to have that injury, but I’m glad to be back, and it was a fun match, Coco,” Kenin said, per the Atlanta Journal Construction. “I’m glad to have been here. I love the crowd and the support and I’m super excited to be back, grateful.
I’m just thankful for a lot of things. Because like you said, I was in a cast and now I’m playing so I’m just thankful”.
Gauff after beating Kenin
“Yeah, my experience here in Atlanta has been fantastic.
I grew up here and haven’t been back (in) 10 years. So, very warm welcome,” Gauff said after beating Kenin in an exhibition in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Kenin is now preparing to play her first WTA tournaments. Next week, Kenin is scheduled to play at the Citi Open in Washington.
Kenin, a former top-5 player who is now the ranked just outside the top-400, is set to make her second appearance at the Citi Open. Kenin debuted at the Citi Open in 2019, when she reached the last-16 before losing to Lauren Davis. Hopefully Kenin does well in her first tournament back and she stays healthy for a longer period of time.