2020 Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin Receives Wildcard Into Dubai

Australian Open 2020 champion Sofia Kenin is awarded a wild card in Dubai

Australian Open 2020 Champion Sofia Kenin has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw at next week’s WTA 1000 event in Dubai, by Michal Samulski. Kenin, former world No. 4, is set to make her fourth appearance on the hard courts of Dubai.

The 24-year-old Kenin made her Dubai debut in 2019, when she reached the round of 16 before losing to Viktoria Kuzmova.

In 2020, Kenin returned to Dubai but was unsuccessful this time as Elena Rybakina defeated her in the first round. Last year, Kenin made her third appearance in Dubai: she lost to Jelena Ostapenko in her first match at the tournament.

Kenin, now ranked 210th in the world, now returns to Dubai as a wild catcher.

Kenin receives his third wild card for February

Kenin has now received his third main draw wild card for a February event. In early February, Kenin competed at a WTA event in Linz as a wild card recipient.

In Linz, Kenin was not very successful as she was defeated by Jule Niemeier in the first round. After Linz, Kenin was also awarded a main draw wild card at this week’s WTA 500 event in Doha.. In Doha, Kenin arrived on a three-game losing streak.

In the first round of Doha, Kenin stunned world number 15 Liudmila Samsonova 6-3 6-1. For Kenin, it was his first top-20 win since the 2020 French Open. After ousting Samsonova, Kenin also failed to deliver against Veronika Kudermetova in her next match, as the Russian handed her a 6-2, 7-5 defeat in the round of 16.

Although Kenin did not have a deep run in Doha, it was a very positive run for her as she managed to beat a top 20 player for the first time in almost three years. In Dubai, several of the best players are ready to compete and there is a strong possibility that Kenin will be lured to play a big name in the United Arab Emirates. How well Kenin can do next week in Dubai remains to be seen.

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