If you are a sports lover, then you may also have your favorite sports personalities. You want to know how they started their careers, what inspires them, their family background, education background, how they spend their days, their hobbies, etc.
Tennis star, Sofia Anna Kenin, is one of the famous stars that you might want to know. Born in November 1998, Sofia has a career high Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked at number 4 in the world.
Also, she is the reigning Australian Open Champion and youngest woman to win Grand Slam women’s titles since 1999 when Serena Williams won the US Open. Read on to learn more about Sofia Kenin.
Sofia was a child prodigy whose potential attracted the attention of Rick Macci, a veteran coach. Initially Sofia was coached by her father from where she became a promising junior player.
She became so talented that she became number 2 in the world after winning the Orange Bowl at 16 years old. She also was runner-up at the 2015 US Open Girl’s singles events the following year.
After that Sofia went on to win the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Girls 18s National Championship that summer. While on a professional tour, Sofia made her top 100 of the WTA rankings debut as a teenager.
In 2019, Kenin reached her first four WTA singles finals. Three of these singles she won and got her ranked among the top 15. Sofia’s championship run during the 2020 Australian Open was emphasized by a victory over Ashleigh Barty, the home’s favorite and world Number 1.
Background and Early Life
Sofia was born on November 14, 1998 to Alexander and Lena Kenin in Moscow. A few months after she was born, her family moved to the United States.
Before that, they had left the Soviet Union previously to live in New York City in 1987 but came back to Russia to have Kenin so that the rest of the family could be involved in her upbringing.
Her mother worked as a nurse in the Soviet Union and it is said that her family had little money when they moved to the United States. Sofia began playing tennis at five years old and was inspired by her father who used to play recreationally.
When her father realized her potential, he arranged for her to start training with Rick Macci in Florida. Macci coached Sofia for seven years till she turned twelve.
Sofia became a successful tennis player at a young age, a thing which made her famous in the tennis community. This helped put her on covers of big tennis magazines, which attracted more popularity to her.
She began playing for United States Tennis Association girls’ 10-and-under tournament when she was seven. She later became the top ranked player in the same division in Florida.
Also, Sofia Kenin became top ranked in the USTA national rankings for 12, 14, 16, and 18-and-under divisions.
At a very young age, she had the opportunity to interact with WTA and ATP professional tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Jim Courier, and Venus Williams for an exhibition event where she partnered with some of these big names.
Sofia plays an aggressive style that is built around bringing together various shots into her game as opposed to using just power. Primarily, she plays from the baseline and can hit winners using both her backhand and forehand.
She is good at disguising whether her backhand is going down the line or cross-court. Her two best shots are her inside-in forehand and backhand down the line.
World Team Tennis
Sofia played her first year World Team Tennis in the 2020 season. In this debut season, Sofia was top singles player for majority of the season which she ended with a 60% winning percentage (won-lost games).
The freedoms progressed to the WTT playoffs as the number 1 seed, who in the end fell to the New York Empire.
Sofia Kenin rose to stardom in the tennis world at a tender age, which made her grace front pages of tennis magazines. She is the reigning Australian Open Championship and is still the youngest American to Win Grand Slam Women’s singles title after Serena Williams.