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Sofia Kenin: ‘I have always looked up to Maria Sharapova’

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Sofia Kenin was the great revelation of the beginning of 2020. The American tennis player won the Australian Open by beating Garbine Muguruza in the final in a spectacular match. Before this title, her best result at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2019 French Open, where she defeated Serena Williams and made it to the fourth round.

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A week after winning the 2020 Australian Open, Kenin represented the United States in the Fed Cup Qualifying Round. She defeated Anastasija Sevastova in the opening match of the rubber against Latvia. The following day she lost to Jeļena Ostapenko while Serena Williams lost to Sevastova.

This forced a fifth and decisive doubles rubber match between Kenin/Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Ostapenko/Sevastova. The American duo won in two sets in only 75 minutes to send the United States to the Fed Cup Finals. Moscow-Born tennis player credits her Russian roots for her competitive and fearless tennis on the big courts.

Kenin has been inspired from five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. “She’s fierce. She’s very competitive. Never gives up. That’s like a Russian instinct for me. I was born in Russia. I have always looked up to her,” she stated.

“I think it’s great that she won Wimbledon at 17. I was watching, laying on the couch. I’m, like, Oh, my God, it’s Maria Sharapova, she just won Wimbledon. How cool would it be if I do that? Of course, I’m not gonna win at 17, because I’m already 20,” Australian Open 2020 champion Kenin added.

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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