Sofia Kenin, 23, said that after winning her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open, she felt more pressure to perform well. Kenin defeated Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final to win a Grand Slam in 2020.
“I felt a lot more pressure coming from the outside. I did my best, but obviously some nervousness showed up and prevented me from giving my all. It is something we should anticipate; many people have even informed me that it is typical after winning a Grand Slam or reaching the final of a major competition.
In my instance, I increased my pressure on myself since I believed that other people expected me to succeed every day, which is not practical. According to Kenin, it’s not practical unless you’re Novak, Rafa, or Serena.
Since 2020, Kenin hasn’t been the champion.
Kenin won Lyon and the French Open after winning the Australian Open. She also came in second in Lyon. Injuries plagued Kenin after a successful 2020 season, and she hasn’t been successful in two years.
At the Adelaide International, Kenin won her first two matches of this season, but she has subsequently dropped her next seven contests. Kenin returned to competitive play this Tuesday at the Citi Open after a five-month absence.
There, Kenin lost to Camila Osorio in the opening round in a straight-set defeta. Kenin was questioned about her choice to part ways with her father, Alex Kenin, after the match. “I had a lot of success with my father, but I thought it was time to move on and pursue my tennis career on my own.
We’ll see what happens in the future, but I think for now I simply need time to mature as a person, Kenin said.