“More Competition For Us” – Sofia Kenin on Facing Challenges Against Upcoming Generation of Players

October 11, 2020 2:28 am

Sofia Kenin lost to Iga Swiatek in the finals of the French Open 2020. The Australian Open 2020 winner stood no chance against the 19-year-old Polish player and lost in straight sets, with the final scoreline being 6-4, 6-1.

In the post-match interview, the World No.6 was asked about her reaction to the emerging players in women’s tennis. Do they cause some worry for the top players like her?

“I think it’s great. The new generation coming up. It’s a bit more competition for us, the big players. So, obviously, sometimes we may not like that. We want to keep our generation and not let youngsters taking over,” said the 21-year-old American.

Kenin managed to play really well in the tournament. But, in the finals, Swiatek was simply unstoppable. She became the first Polish player ever to win the Roland Garros title, that too without losing a single set. She rightfully deserved this as she reached the finals after defeating players like top-seeded Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard.

“It’s always good to see youngsters taking over”- Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in action during the final against Poland’s Iga Swiatek. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Though Kenin wanted her generation to fight till the very last and not let the upcoming generation dominate, she agreed that it was a part of the game. She even admitted that it is always great when youngsters start to take over and show what they have got.

“It’s always good to see youngsters take over. It’s always good to mix up,” added a cheerful Kenin.

But, the American also emphasized the importance of training in order to overcome the threat posed by the younger generation.

“Yeah, a great generation. We have to get ready and prepare because they are going to play better against us,” concluded Kenin.

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