July 24th, 2017
Florida’s Kenin Sweeps Singles, Doubles at Stockton USTA Pro Circuit Stop
Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., defeated California wild card entrant Ashley Kratzer 6-0, 6-1 in a battle of 18 year olds in the final of the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event in Stockton, Calif. Kenin takes the top spot with the win in the 2017 USTA US Open Wild Card Challenge and a chance to claim a US Open women’s main draw wild card.
The No. 4 seed, Kenin did not face a seeded player en route to the final, defeating Belarus’ Vera Lapko, Americans Robin Anderson and Francesca De Lorenzo, and in the semifinals Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic.
“I had a really good week and I’m just playing really well,” said the 5-foot-6 Kenin, who won her third career USTA Pro Circuit title and first since this time last year, speaking to the Stockton Record. “The title means everything. I was working really hard and trying not to think about it toward the end while taking it one match at a time.”
It was her second career USTA Pro Circuit hard court title, and she also reached the clay court final in January at Orlando, losing a three-set final to Poland’s Katarzyna Piter.
Kenin, who entered the tournament at No. 165 on the WTA rankings, last year also finished atop the US Open Wild Card Challenge point standings, earning a wild card to the US Open where she fell to now-No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova in the first round 6-4, 6-3.
In the doubles Kenin was unseeded with American partner Usue Arconada, in the final defeating the No. 3-seeded Australian-South African pairing of Tammi Patterson and Chanel Simmonds 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.