“Always Have Good Hits”: Sloane Stephens Hails Practice Partner Sofia Kenin at WTA Charleston 2021

Published 04/05/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Sofia Kenin of the United States celebrates after winning her Women’s Singles Semifinal match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


After the successful completion of the Miami Open 2021, it’s time for the clay-court season. The first WTA tournament for the same, the Charleston 2021 has begun and players are quite excited for the same. Interestingly, two American players, Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin, are practicing together for the tournament.

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Fans witnessed Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens hitting the net together right before the Volvo Car Open 2021. In a recent press conference, Stephens talked about her training sessions with Kenin.

Sloane Stephens of the United States celebrates winning match points in her third-round match against Petra Martic of Croatia during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“Sofia is obviously a great girl. We played doubles in Miami last week. She’s always a good player to practice with so we always have good hits,” Stephens told EssentiallySports.com

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The US Open 2017 winner highlighted that both of them played the doubles together in Miami last week. She also stated that Kenin is a great player to train with and has some good hits.

“Great girl to have around”- Sloane Stephens on Sofia Kenin

Stephens emphasized that Kenin has enjoyed some great success in the recent past, including her victory at the Australian Open 2020. Not to forget, she was also the runner-up at the French Open 2020. Keeping all this in mind, Stephens claimed that she is a really nice person to have around and practice with.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in action during her second-round match against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“She’s had some really amazing results and last year’s pre-pandemic like obviously winning the Australian Open and still, now she’s playing great tennis. So great girl to have around and obviously a great person to practice with,” added the former World No.3 player.

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Sloane Stephens will begin her campaign against Wang Xinyu at the WTA Volvo Car Open 2021 tomorrow. She will not only be looking to get off to a great start but also to go all the way.

On the other hand, Sofia Kenin will play the first round in the doubles category tomorrow. Partnering with fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the pair will face Coco Gauff and Caty McNally. Will Kenin be able to give a good start to her clay-court season by succeeding at the Charleston 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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