Sofia Kenin Suffers a Fresh Setback – Withdraws From Miami Open

Published 03/23/2022, 2:46 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Sofia Kenin of the U.S. looks dejected after losing the final against Poland’s Iga Swiatek. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

American tennis star, Sofia Kenin, stunned one and all with her impressive Australian Open campaign in 2020. She defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the summit clash of that tournament to win the biggest title of her career. Also, en route to her title, she defeated the likes of the local favorite, Ashleigh Barty, Coco Gauff, apart from Muguruza.

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Additionally, she followed it up with a runners-up finish at the French Open in the same year. Kenin couldn’t get past Iga Swiatek in the finals as she settled for a second-place finish.

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However, since then, she has suffered from a patchy run of form. Moreover, the injuries have made the matters worse for the former World Number four. Recently, she had another disappointing news for her fans.

Sofia Kenin pulls out of the Miami Open

Earlier today, the American announced a decision to withdraw from the second half of the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Miami. This comes as a huge blow for her, especially when she has been trying to overcome a slump in form and injuries.

Sofia Kenin missed the latter half of the previous season owing to injuries. She suffered a foot injury after Wimbledon last year. Subsequently, the American tested positive for Covid-19, which kept her out of the US Open. As if the slump in form wasn’t enough, these injuries further derailed Kenin’s season.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Sofia Kenin of The United States of America reacts in her Third Round match against Jessica Pegula of The United States of America during day seven of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tnani Badreddine/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Further, Kenin has had a disappointing start to the 2022 season. She made a comeback at the Adelaide International 1 tournament. However, she lost in the quarterfinals to Ashleigh Barty. Subsequently, she bowed out in the opening round of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The biggest disappointment came at the Australian Open. She was shocked by compatriot, Madison Keys, in the first round. Since then, she has failed to win a single match on the tour, having first-round exits in Dubai, Doha, and Indian Wells.

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Her slump in form has severely affected her WTA rankings. She has dropped out of the top-100 and is placed at the 127th position currently. Can she come back strongly in the upcoming clay-court season? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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