Sofia Kenin has admitted to feeling nervous and emotional as she aims to defend her first ever Grand Slam title.
Kenin was a surprise winner of the Australian Open last year, but went on to have a successful season reaching the final of the French Open and was named WTA Player of the Year at the end of 2020.
The World number four is currently competing in the Australian Open warm-up event the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.
Kenin beat an injured Camila Giorgi in the first round, who had to retire after the first set, but admitted after the match that the Grand Slam title defence is weighing heavy on her mind.
“It’s really special to be here,” Kenin said in her post match comments.
“I’m trying to somehow handle the emotions on court.
“Obviously very nervous. It’s the first time I’m experiencing coming back to a Grand Slam where I want to try to defend my title.
“Of course, there’s nerves, but I’m going to do my best and we’re going to see how it goes.”
“I feel like with the matches I’ve had, the success I had last year, helps me.
“I feel like it’s going to be a little bit of a rollercoaster next Monday or Tuesday, whenever I play. I feel like the fans will see a little bit more emotion."
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