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Sofia Kenin, tennis professional ,WTA No.4 in the world

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin Biography

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin playing tennis.[Credit/freetips.com]

Sofia Kenin alias Sonya is an American professional tennis player. Her full byline is Sofia Anna Kenin. She was born on 14th November 1998, in Moscow, Russia.

Her parents are Alexander Kenin and Svetlana Kenin. The tennis starlet has a sibling named Anya Kenin.

Sofia has been a celebrated tennis player in the world. Being one of the youngest players, she has been acknowledged by many around the globe.

Kenin has a height of 1.7m. She has a career-high Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No.4 in the world. Moreover, Kenin is the top-ranked American in women’s singles.

The tennis sensation is the reigning WTA Player of the Year. She bagged this award by winning the 2020 Australian Open and finishing runner-up to Iga Swiatek. That was at the 2020 French Open.

Sofia Kenin has made several achievements. She has won five WTA singles titles in total. Moreover, she has owned two WTA doubles titles. That is in the inclusion of the 2019 China Open at the Premier Mandatory level.

Kenin began playing tennis at a young age. As a junior player, she reached No.2 in the world. That was after winning the Orange Bowl at the age of 16 and finishing runner-up in the 2015 US Open girls’ singles.

The tennis player also won the USTA Girls 18s National Championship.

Professional career

On to her professional tour, Kenin made her debut in the top 100 of the WTA rankings in 2018 as a teenager.

In the year 2019, Sofia won her first three titles. She finished the year on the cusp of the top 10. Having won the 2020 Australian Open title, Kenin became the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title. That was since the tennis starlet Serena Williams in 1999.

Sofia followed up her 2019 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year award. That was by being named the 2020 WTA Player of the Year.

Impressively, Kenin has a special style of playing. She plays at the centre, using a wide variety of shots to disrupt her opponents.

Kenin continually made efforts and thus her career escalated to better grounds. She began the 2017 season ranked outside the top 200. She steadily rose up the WTA ranking throughout the year. She exclusively played on the professional circuit.

By winning an ITF $60K tournament at Stockton, Sofia progressed into the top 150.

The ITF performances helped her win the US Open Wild Card Challenge for the second straight year. At the 2017 US Open, Kenin advanced beyond the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. These were also her first two match wins on the WTA Tour.

Season after season, Sofia made amazing scores. Her career has flourished as tournaments continue.

Sofia Kenin improved on her ranking. That enabled her to play primarily on the WTA Tour in 2008. She began the year with impressive results. She reached her first WTA quarterfinal at the Auckland Open.

Career progression

In 2020, the tennis force won yet another title. She bagged the title at the inaugural Lyon Open. During the event, she saved a match point in the second round. Kenin overcame a set and 5–2 deficit in the following round as part of a stretch of four three-set matches in a row.

However, by the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, WTA Tour shut down for six months. As result, that was Sofia’s last event before the closure.

In 2021, Kenin’s first tournament of the year was at Abu Dhabi, where she was the top seed. Her next tournament was the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne where she reached the quarterfinals.

At the Australian Open, Kenin was the defending champion and fourth seed.

Sofia Kenin Net worth

According to reports, Kenin has an estimated net worth of $2.9 million.

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin.[Credit/skysports.com]

Sofia Kenin salary

“She has received prize money of US$7,221,702 from the WTA Tour. In 2020, Kenin was ranked 8th in Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes in the world, earning $5.8 million.”

Sofia Kenin Endorsements

Kenin has had signed deals with several global brands. She has been endorsed by FILA, Babolat. Motorola and athlete management group GSE Worldwide.

She wears FILA gear and uses Babolat tennis racquets.

Sofia Kenin Foundation and Charity Work

As a way of giving back to society, Sofia has been involved in several charity events. She reportedly participated in a charity event with other tennis stars.

The proceeds went to the benefit of the Bryan Bros Foundation and golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ Nicklaus Children’s Health Care.

Sofia Kenin Social Media Handles

Kenin is on Twitter, @SofiaKenin and on Instagram handle; Sofia Kenin.

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