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Sofia Kenin biography: 13 things about Russian-American tennis player from Florida

Sofia Anna Kenin is an American professional tennis player of Russian descent. She stands 5’7″ and is right-handed.

Playing primarily from the baseline, Kenin can hit winners with both her forehand and backhand and is known for disguising whether her backhand is going down the line or cross-court. Here are 13 more things about her:

 

  1. She was born in Moscow, Russia on November 14, 1998 to Russian parents Alexander Kenin and Svetlana Kenin. Months after her birth, the family moved from Moscow to the U.S. They initially stayed in New York before moving to Florida.
  2. She speaks Russian fluently.
  3. Her nickname is Sonya.
  4. In 2003, she started playing tennis. She was inspired by her father who played tennis recreationally. From 2003 to 2010, she was trained by Rick Macci in Broward County, Florida.
  5. In 2005, she made her debut in the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She became the top-ranked player in the girls’ 10-and-under tournaments in Florida.
  6. She made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the 135th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, New York from August 31, 2015 to September 13, 2015. She lost to Mariana Duque Mariño of Colombia in the first round in the women’s singles.
  7. In the women’s singles in the 136th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 29, 2016 to September 11, 2016, she lost to Karolína Plíšková of Czech Republic in the first round.
  8. Her father is her primary coach. In 2017, he helped her develop an aggressive style of play. In the 2017 Wimbledon Championships women’s singles qualifying draw, she lost to Jana Fett of Croatia in the first round. In the women’s singles in the 137th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017, she defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia in the first round and Sachia Vickery of the U.S. in the second round but lost to Maria Sharapova of Russia in the third round.
  9. In 2018, she had four Grand Slam tournaments in the women’s singles. In the 106th Australia Open, which took place at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from January 15-28, 2018, she lost to Julia Görges of Germany in the first round. In the 122nd French Open, which took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France from May 27, 2018 to June 10, 2018, she lost to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round. In the 132nd Wimbledon Championships, which took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom from July 2-15, 2018, she defeated Sakkari in the first round but lost to Vitalia Diatchennko of Russia in the second round.In the 138th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 27, 2018 to September 9, 2018, she defeated Madison Brengle of the U.S. in the first round and Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round but lost to Plíšková in the third round.
  10. In 2019, she competed in four Grand Slam women’s singles. In the 107th Australia Open, which took place at the Melbourne Park from January 14-27, 2019, she defeated Veronika Kudermetova of Russia in the first round but lost to Simona Halep of Romania in the second round. In the 123rd French Open, which took place at the Stade Roland Garros from May 26, 2020 to June 9, 2020, she defeated Marie Bouzková of Czech Republic in the first round, Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the second round and Serena Williams of the U.S. in the third round but lost to Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the fourth round. In the 133nd Wimbledon Championships, which took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from July 1-14, 2019, she defeated Astra Sharma of Australia in the first round but lost to Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in the second round. In the 139th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 26, 2019 to September 8, 2019, she defeated CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S. in the first round and Laura Siegemund of Germany in the second round but lost to Madison Keys of the U.S. in the third round.
  11. In the women’s singles in the 140th U.S. Open, which took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 31, 2020 to September 13, 2020, she defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in the first round, Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada in the second round and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the third round but lost to Elise Mertens of Beligum in the fourth round.
  12. She won the women’s singles in the 108th Australian Open, which took place at the Melbourne Park from January 20, 2020 to February 2, 2020, by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in the final. It was her first Grand Slam title.
  13. She was runner-up to Iga Świątek of Poland in the 124th French Open in the women’s singles at the Stade Roland Garros. From September 28, 2020 to October 11, 2020.

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