Sofia Kenin reflected on her battle with injuries and encouraged anyone who is going through a rough patch to believe that the brighter days will come. Kenin, 23, won her first Grand Slam title at the 2020 Australian Open before reaching a career-high ranking of No.
4 in 2020 March. After a great 2020 season, Kenin started dealing with injuries in 2021. After missing the entire second half of the 2021 season, Kenin returned to action at the start of this season in Adelaide. Two months later, Kenin sustained a serious ankle injury that kept her out of action for five months.
Kenin shares her experiences with injuries
"Since September is National Recovery Month, I wanted to share some of my own experiences recovering from injury," Kenin wrote in her Instagram post. "I hope this can help anyone who is going through something similar!
When I injured my ankle, it was really tough not being able to compete and travel. I saw everyone playing the tournaments I was supposed to be playing in, and of course it made me sad and I felt pretty down. But I knew that I had to put my health first because that is most important, even outside of tennis.
As soon as I was able, I began going to physical therapy everyday and doing everything I could to get back to doing what I love - playing and competing. Once my body started to heal and I got stronger, I felt better mentally because I knew that soon enough I would be back on the court.
I had a great support system to get me through my injury and the team at KT tape was a huge part of that. Keeping a positive mindset and focusing on the bigger picture was super important to me during this time, and it still is as I continue to get better on and off the court!"
Kenin is now the 312nd-ranked player in the world and yet to regain her old level since returning from a lengthy injury break.