Sofia Kenin, 24, reveals one factor behind her determination to return to the top is her desire to "prove some people wrong." Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, hasn't won a WTA title in over three years. After her Australian Open victory, Kenin started to battle injuries and that played a major part in her results spiraling.
But former world No 3 Kenin has been showing positive signs recently and she is also doing well at Wimbledon. After stunning world No 7 Cori Gauff in her Wimbledon opener, Kenin also defeated Wang Xinyu to reach the Wimbledon third round.
Kenin: Just trying to prove some people wrong
"Yeah, obviously I'm super excited. Just trying to prove some people wrong. Just super proud of myself with the way I really fought, you know, through to get here and keep the momentum going.
Yeah, I'm just putting in the hard work and it's paying off. I didn't have maybe the best results, but I felt like this year, you know, I started off pretty good overall and I just had to find my way. I have been fighting it.
Yeah, just hope that I can keep it going. I mean, honestly, I just feel like I had to click. Like I said, I started off the year pretty good. Then, yeah, I mean, I feel like I needed more matches. And, you know, I knew if I put in the work and do the right things, eventually, it's going to click, and I'm super happy it's clicking here," Kenin said.
Just a few years ago, Kenin became a Grand Slam champion and was ranked inside the top-5 in the world. Over the last year, Kenin's health has stabilized and she has been able to play again for a longer period of time. Now, Kenin is also slowly rediscovering her old game and she might be on the path to returning to the top.
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