After advancing to the third round of the US Open by eliminating Canadian Leylah Fernandez, Sofia Kenin opened up about how her performance surge in 2020 helped her get recognized in the world of tennis and to not be “overlooked” anymore.
As we all know, 21 years old Kenin won this year’s Australian Open and became the youngest American Grand Slam champ in the WTA circuit since Serena Williams. Moreover, she promises a lot in this US Open edition, after her two straight-set victories.
“Definitely sometimes I did feel I was overlooked, I wasn’t really taken seriously,” Kenin said during her post-match conference on Thursday. “Obviously, winning [the Australian Open] definitely really helped with my confidence and changed my image drastically.
After that, I feel like people know me and respect me. It’s always nice to get back at the people, I guess, who didn’t really believe in you or treat you fair”.
Second-seeded Sofia Kenin feels well on the court
Following her successful first-round against Yanina Wickmayer, Kenin felt her confidence going up and she was overall satisfied with her debut.
“I just felt like I was playing really well. Of course, I think it's a really good win, a good boost for my confidence… I played really well. I focused on the key elements of the game,” said Kenin after her first round at US Open.
Moreover, after Thursday’s second facile victory (6/4, 6/3) against Leylah Fernandez, Kenin is more confident than ever on her game. “I feel like my level is there definitely,” Kenin said. “I feel like I’m feeling the court well, playing my game.
… I feel like I found a groove. … I’m playing some really good tennis”. Now, the young American star will have to face Ons Jabeur, a player who flew past Katarzyna Kawa and Kaia Kanepi in the first two rounds of the Grand Slam.
Fortunately, Kenin has the upper hand on the clash as she leads 3-1 in the head to head matches with the Tunisian player. Moreover, every time the two met on a hard court, Sofia Kenin marched on with straight-set wins.