In the United States, Kenin also trained at the tennis academy in Florida, where Sharapova had studied as a child. The 21-year-old realized the “truth” after his confrontation with the idol in the 2017 US Open Round 3.
Kenin possesses strong gameplay, with a strong point of backhand
Every time she walked on the pitch, Kenin always played with the highest determination. Achievements came to her with the first championship of her career at Hobart 2019 and received the title of “The Best Improved Player of the Year” by the WTA Women’s Tennis Association.
Not only demeanor, but the play of the 21-year-old player also has similarities with “Russian Doll”. In the two most important matches at the Australian Open, viewers witnessed the ability to control the ball well on two corners of Kenin. She does not have the level of forehand like Sharapova, but in return is the impressive backhand string.
After 12 years, she followed the idol to become the youngest tennis player to ascend the throne at the first Grand Slam of the year.
Becoming the champion when almost be forgotten
When the Australian Open kicked off, US tennis had high expectations for 15-year-old “prodigy” Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, or veteran Serena Williams. Kenin competed in 15th place in the world but didn’t receive much media attention. The road to her fourth-round is quite smooth, before confronting with Coco Gauff himself.
It continued to be a comeback of Kenin to win the young compatriot. Since then, many people have noticed her. However, this player proved not too concerned but focused on the match.
She became the youngest champion in the tournament since Sharapova in 2008 at 21 years of age 80 days.
The victory helped Kenin become the No. 1 player in the United States early next week. The 21-year-old will rise to 7th in the world and become the youngest American player to make the top 10 since Serena Williams in April 1999.
Kenin is the first Grand Slam champion in the new decade and continues to show the world’s changing of women’s tennis. At the age of 21 and 80 days, the future is bright ahead is still waiting for Kenin. Now, her name is widely known.