Sofia Kenin, 23, admitted she felt the increased pressure to do well after winning her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. In 2020, Kenin became a Grand Slam champion after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final.
“I felt a lot more pressure from the outside, I tried to do my best, but obviously some nerves appeared that didn't let me get the best of myself. It is something that we should expect, many people have told me that it is even normal after winning a Grand Slam or making a final in one of the big tournaments.
Increased pressure is normal, in my case, I put more pressure on myself because I felt that people wanted me to win every day, but that is not realistic. It's not realistic unless you're Novak, Rafa or Serena," Kenin said, per Sportskeeda.
Kenin hasn't won any titles since 2020
Following her Australian Open victory, Kenin won Lyon and also ended runner-up at the French Open. After a great 2020 season, Kenin started battling injuries and she hasn't won any titles in two years.
Kenin started this season by winning her first two matches at the Adelaide International, but has since lost her next seven matches. After being out for five months, Kenin made her return to competitive action this Tuesday at the Citi Open.
There, Kenin suffered a straight-set defeta to Camila Osorio in the first round. After the match, Kenin was asked about her decision to end her collaboration with her father Alex Kenin. "I had great success with my father, but I felt that it was time to move on and make my own decisions in terms of my tennis career.
I think for now I just need time, to grow as a person and then we'll see what happens in the future," Kenin explained.