Can Kenin Give Tennis Fams Something to Cheer Aout at the US Open?
Can Sofia Kenin get her act together and mount a realistic challenge for the US Tennis Open crown?
The 22-year-old has not had a good 2021 to date, but could she turn things around well enough to compete for the US Tennis open ladies champion title?
At the tender age of 5, Sofia Kenin was recognized as a child prodigy. Coach Rick Macci, who in the past coached sisters Serena and Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick, took the youngster under his wing, and she soon became a tennis celebrity.
In 2014, when she was just 16, she won the Orange Bowl. In the past, it has welcomed the likes of Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Caroline Wozniacki, Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, Juan Martin del Potro, Justine Henin, Mary Joe Fernandez, Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, and Steffi Graf.
The following year she finished runner up in the 2015 Girls US Open event. She won the USTA U18s National Championship and was rated the second-best junior player in the world.
She made her debut on the WTA tour in 2018. In the next year, she went on to win three titles, including her first Grand Slam – the Australian Open. In 2019 she was voted the Most Improved Player of the Year by the WTA, and in 2020 she was voted Player of the Year.
Then came the Coronavirus pandemic. It devastated sports worldwide, and since then, Kenin has struggled to get back to her best form. Having said that, she is still rated No 4 in the WTA world rankings.
Since the tennis world got back on its feet in 2021, Sofia Kenin has competed at several tournaments but has dropped out prematurely. She was the defending champion at the Australia Open but went out in the second round n a shock defeat to unseeded Kaia Kanepi. She was knocked out in the fourth round of the French Open and in the second round at Wimbledon.
When Kenin won the Australian Open just before the COVID-19 outbreak, she was the youngest American female tennis player to do so since 1999 when Serena Williams won it. But what about this year’s American Open? The youngest player to lift the Ladies American Open Crown was 16-year-old Tracy Austin back in 1979.
Kenin cannot ever be the youngest lady to win the American Open, but can she rekindle her form in time to give the home crowd something about which to cheer? They certainly need it. The US men haven’t a snowball’s hope in hell of making any sort of challenge, and since Serena Willams is now getting too old, Kenin is the only hope.
She has pulled out of the Olympics, and perhaps that will give her time to get her game back on track. One of the first things she must do is to appoint a new coach. She fired her father from his coaching role in May, but she still hasn’t settled on who will replace him.
The US Open is due to start on the 30th of August, so she needs to get her skates on. The clock is ticking.
Can Sofia Kenin get her act together and mount a realistic challenge for the US Tennis Open crown?The 22-year-old has not had a good 2021 to date, but could she turn things around well enough to compete for the US Tennis open ladies champion title? At the tender age of 5, Sofia Kenin was recognized…