Sofia Kenin has rocketed off to a great start this year. The 20-year-old, recently listed as one of Baseline's youngsters to watch in 2019, is into the quarterfinals in Hobart.
Undeterred by a tough draw, the world No. 56 upset top seed Caroline Garcia in the first round, 6-3, 6-2. She then beat Ons Jabeur, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
The signs have all been there for the American to make a bigger splash on the WTA tour. She's been rising steadily since starting her career in 2015 (she closed 2016 ranked No. 212 and 2017 ranked No. 113).
Named to the United States Fed Cup team at the end of last year, the youngster dropped both her singles matches, against Barbora Strycova and Katerina Sinakova, in three tight sets, showing a ton of guts and fight along the way.
Even though we didn’t get the win, we all fought till the end and never gave up. I’m so proud to have represented my country this week and to have been a part of this amazing team ????????❤️???????? We all became so close and really happy to share these memories with you @captain_kathy @lisamraymond @danimalcollins @riske4rewards @nmelicha ❤️ I’d also like to thank everyone for supporting me and believe in me, this means so much to me.. Thank you for coming and being here for me ❤️ I’ve had a great year and couldn’t be more proud to have ended my season playing in the Fed Cup Final:) This was an experience I’ll never forget and will remember forever!
After a busy offseason, she ousted No. 4-seeded Petra Martic in Hobart and then won the doubles title with Eugenie Bouchard.
Kenin is still adapting to a full WTA schedule. Her best weeks last year include making the semifinals in Mallorca, winning an ITF $60,000 title in July and reaching the third round of the US Open.
In Hobart, she'll took out veteran Kirsten Flipkens in the quarterfinals and plays Alize Cornet on Friday for a spot in the final.
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