(CBS Native Sports activities)– Sofia Kenin is simply 21 years outdated, however she’s already completed loads in her skilled tennis profession.
The American gained the 2020 Australia Open, beat Serena Williams on the 2019 French Open and has made it as much as quantity 4 within the WTA rankings. Earlier than the skilled tour returns with the Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open and French Open later this summer season, tennis followers will get the prospect to observe Kenin within the World TeamTennis semifinals and finals on CBS Sports activities on August 1 and a couple of.
“Everyone knows one another nicely and simply bonding collectively is clearly loads of enjoyable,” mentioned Kenin in an interview with CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith. “There’s loads of shouting and rooting collectively. It’s clearly a lot completely different sitting on the bench and cheering on your teammates they usually’re cheering for me. It’s a terrific vitality, nice environment and we’re all getting alongside very well.”
Along with taking part in World TeamTennis, Kenin can also be actually excited that Billie Jean King shall be in attendance this weekend to observe the WTT semis and finals. Kenin has had the chance to develop a relationship with the legendary tennis participant and activist through the years.
“Billie Jean is right here to help us and earlier than she got here, she requested if I wished her to return,” mentioned Kenin. “After all, I’m honored to see her right here. I’m tremendous blissful that she’s right here and will get to help us. Hopefully we will do nicely within the playoffs. She actually conjures up me and I actually look as much as her. She’s completed a lot for ladies all world wide and all respect to her. She’s clearly a terrific position mannequin to me and it’s just a little bit intimidating being with a legend like her.”
Kenin was named the 2019 WTA Most Improved Participant and gained her first grand slam on the Australian Open in January. The 21-year-old says every little thing got here collectively for her in that match and he or she was additionally just a little superstitious alongside the way in which by consuming on the identical restaurant and watching the identical TV exhibits.
“I used to be actually superstitious and tried to do every little thing proper,” mentioned Kenin. “I used to be taking part in very well and felt every match I used to be taking part in higher and higher. There was loads of feelings main as much as every match. Once I was taking part in the matches, I used to be locked in and I used to be prepared. I performed a few of my greatest tennis and performed actually good tennis and demanding factors and demanding moments. As every match went, I received much more confidence. Profitable it was the perfect feeling on the earth.”
Watch Kenin and the remainder of the World TeamTennis gamers this weekend on August 1 and a couple of on CBS Sports activities.