Sofia Kenin’s 2021 season has been a bit of a let-down. So far in 2021, she has an 11-10 win-loss record on the WTA Tour. Since her Wimbledon Championships second-round elimination, the American teenager has failed to play a singles match.
She has now confirmed her retirement from the upcoming WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament, citing yet another setback.
Kenin slipped from a career-high World No. 4 to World No. 8 in the WTA Rankings after failing to find any consistency on the tour. She may soon fall out of the Top 10 due to increased competition from active Tour players.
Kenin’s withdrawal was reported on the official Twitter feed of the BNP Paribas Open. It said, “Sofia Kenin has withdrawn from #BNPPO21. Hope to see you back next March.”
Before Sofia Kenin, Naomi Osaka, a Japanese tennis player, confirmed her withdrawal from Indian Wells. Following her loss at the US Open, she has taken an indefinite vacation from tennis.
Kenin, for one, hopes to heal quickly and return to the training courts. The fundamental cause for her withdrawal, however, is yet unknown. However, this elicited some fascinating fan reactions to the news.
Fan reaction to the withdrawal
One of the fans wrote on Twitter, “At this point, there is something really wrong. Some really really wrong with her. She announced covid August 26, this is September 28, we don’t know her status, she kept on withdrawing from tournament and no one is even checking up on her.”
At this point, there is something really wrong. Some really really wrong with her. She announced covid August 26, this is September 28, we don’t know her status, she kept on withdrawing from tournament and no one is even checking up on her. @ChrissieEvert @BenRothenberg @DKTNNS https://t.co/zMUrOm5fc5— RIDWAANULLAH. (@Ridwaan_Bello) September 28, 2021
Another fan talked about her ranking status saying, “And still gonna end the season top 10… legend behaviour.”
and still gonna end the season top 10… legend behaviour https://t.co/BoGMMnyO3b— padraig (@padarenka) September 28, 2021
A tennis reporter, Jose Morgado said that, “End of a nightmare season for her.”
End of a nightmare season for her https://t.co/qMkSudbuod— José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 28, 2021
Kenin did not make it past the quarterfinals of any tournament save the Abu Dhabi and Yarra Valley Classics. It explains her inconsistency over the season quite well.
Last year, the American star, on the other hand, won the Australian Open and advanced to the finals of the French Open. So, while it will take some time, she will be up and running shortly, making a reputation for herself in major competitions.