As published on Instagram, the number 4 of the world Sofia Kenin has made it known that in the last few days she has suffered a physical problem, which forced her to a surgery and a break. She wrote: "Hey guys! I want to share with you what happened to me a few days ago.
I went to the tournament physician office on Monday, February 15th with acute abdominal pain. I was evaluated by the tournament physician and referred to the hospital for further evaluation. Acute appendicitis was diagnosed following the completion of my CT scan.
I had to have surgery and had my appendix removed on Monday, February 15, at Epworth Hospital Richmond. The surgery went well and without any complication. I am now trying to recover from the surgery and deal with the pain. Unfortunately I won’t be able to play a few weeks because I need to take time off to recover so I have withdrawn from my next tournaments.
I want to thank everyone at Epworth Hospital Richmond for taking good care of me! Also I would like to thank the medical staff at AO for helping me! I can’t wait to fully recover and compete again and see you guys!"
Born in 1998, Sofia has also won trophies in Hobart, Mallorca, Guangzhou and Lyon.
In the last edition of the US Open in Flushing Meadows she was beaten in the fourth round by the Belgian Elise Mertens, who defeated her with a score of 6-3 6-3. Due to her premature elimination from Melbourne and her distance from the courts in the coming weeks, Kenin could see her ranking slide rapidly to the bottom of the top 10.
Sofia Kenin was the protagonist of a truly extraordinary 2020, in which she surprisingly achieved success in Melbourne and the final at the Roland Garros, beaten by the Polish revelation Iga Swiatek. Her incredible results last year allowed her to push her up to fourth position in the WTA ranking, which she still holds today.
However, in recent weeks the Moscow-born player has certainly not shown her best tennis: at the Australian Open she lost in the second round to Kaia Kanepi and at the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne she immediately went out against Olivia Gadecki.
At the beginning of the year, she had already been stopped in the quarter-finals of Abu Dhabi and of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.