Sofia Kenin Believes Postponement of Australian Open 2021 Will Act As an Advantage for Her

Published 01/05/2021, 6:50 AM EST
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 having a splendid 2020 season, World No. 4 Sofia Kenin will begin her next season at the WTA 2021 in Abu Dhabi. The tournament has given her the time to prepare for the Australian Open 2021. There will be a fair amount of pressure on her as she will enter Melbourne as the defending champion.

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Recently, Kenin was asked a question about the Australian Open 2021 about whether its postponement would act as an advantage or disadvantage for her. The American quickly responded and said that it would certainly act as a plus point for her.

“For sure advantage. It’s gonna be exciting. But of course different pressure since I’m like the defending champion,” said Kenin to Essentially Sports at a pre-event press conference in Abu Dhabi.

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Kenin certainly looked optimistic and confident with her reply. However, she also said that there would be some extra pressure on her since she would be defending her title there.

“I’ll have a good run there”: Sofia Kenin on the Australian Open 2021

Sofia Kenin of the United States returns a volley during her Women’s Singles third round match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Kenin further highlighted that she would not think much about the fact that she would be the defending champion. She emphasized that she would be focussing more on every single game. She also looked quite positive and believed that she would have a fabulous Grand Slam in Melbourne.

“I’m just going to try to get that out of my head and then you know, just take one match at a time hopefully, I’ll have a good run there,” concluded the Australian Open 2020 winner.

One can see that Kenin’s self-belief is in a good place after her straight and confident reply. Apart from her magnificent run at the Australian Open 2020, she won the Lyon Open 2020 and ended as the runner-up at the French Open 2020.

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The 22-year-old Kenin will start her new season’s campaign at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Open 2021. After this, she will play the Australian Open 2021 next month. Will Kenin be able to defend her title in Melbourne?

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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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