Sofia Kenin: I’m still that feisty competitive kid who hates to lose, little diva

Former world No. 4 Sofia Kenin returned to action this week in Adelaide following a six-month absence caused by an illness and injury. 

Kenin made a winning start as she beat Lucia Bronzetti 7-5 7-6 to reach the round-of-16. 

After the match, Kenin gave an interview to the WTA website, in which she was asked what she’s looking game-wise in 2022. 

“Matches, definitely. The better I play, the more matches I get, the more comfortable I’ll feel on court. Obviously not expecting to win everything, but every match I win is a boost of confidence. It’s a little bit different than my other mentality before, but I’ll get there,” Kenin told the WTA website. 

“I’m still that feisty competitive kid who hates to lose and everything, a little diva. I just got to ease my way into things.”

Kenin would love to win a Grand Slam

Kenin, 23, captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2020.

Kenin was asked what would make her happy this year. 

“Obviously I would love to win Slams or a Slam, to go deep. It’s hard to say win a Slam. I don’t want to sound like a spoiled little brat, but of course it would be amazing. But to get deep in a Slam, at least quarterfinals would be a really big boost for me after not playing for six months. 

“Of course, being healthy. Slams are not everything. There are more tournaments. So I feel like the more matches, the more I see that I’m getting back, the more confidence I’m getting. 

“[Wednesday] after the match, getting the attention was nice and I missed it. I missed my fans. I stepped on a court, I was treated with love after the match. It was nice because of course, sometimes it feels like people forgot about me, so it was just nice to have that feeling back.”

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