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Sofia Kenin Makes Strides as American Tennis Pro

In the past two weeks, Sofia Kenin, a Russian-born American tennis champion, has played better than any women’s tennis player in the world. The 21-year-old professional tennis player has quickly become one of the most celebrated names in Tennis.

Throughout her career, she has won three singles titles and two doubles titles on the WTA tour. She represented Team USA in tennis at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

Kenin advanced to the third round of the 2017 US Open and lost to champion Maria Sharapova. Soon after, she went professional, after major career success as a young tennis player. In 2018, she went on to make it to the second round at the Wimbledon Championships, third round at the US Open, and ended her year with Team USA in the Fed Cup Final. 

Earlier this month, Kenin took the Australian Open title over established tennis champion Garbine Muguruza. With effortless tempo and awareness, Kenin played wonderfully, gaining worldwide attention. 

Just this past week, Kenin and Serena Williams gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead over Latvia at the Fed Cup qualifier. Kenin, coming off her Australian Open title, has been hailed as the team’s number one player for the Fed Cup, having sent the U.S Fed Cup Team to the finals on Saturday night. 

After Serena Williams was defeated for the first time ever in a Fed Cup singles match, it was left to Kenin to bring the U.S to the finals. Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a resilient doubles victory, which gave the U.S a 3-2 win over Latvia and qualified the U.S for the finals. 

Though challenging for the American team, Kenin managed to play like a champion. The results will send the American team to the final in April in Budapest, Hungary. Kenin and doubles partner Mattek-Sands rescued the team with their win after difficult singles matches for their team.

The U.S. is one of 12 teams that will compete in the Fed Cup Finals—and the team has both Kenin and Mattek-Sands to thank. 

Kenin is just getting started, having cinched the Australian Open title on February 1st and showcasing expertise, energy, and enthusiasm both on and off the court. Currently, she is ranked number 20 in Women’s Singles, according to the U.S. open. 

She’s currently the top American player overall, and sits two spots ahead of Serena Williams as the number seven tennis player worldwide.

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