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Remember this cute little girl that Clijsters was hanging out with in Miami in 2005? That's Sofia "Sonya" Kenin. She has just turned 11 and judging by her results she's really talented.
I found her website http://www.sonyakenin.us where you can watch some interesting videos (e.g. with Kournikova). It seems her parents are doing a good job finding a balance between tennis and typical kids' life :)
Wish her a lot of success:)
 

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GL Sofia!
 

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Wow, she was like 7 then when Clijsters was with her in Miami. Best of luck to her. Hopefully she will develop into a great player. :)
 

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She didn't have great results at Eddie Herr (lost in 1st round) nor at Orange Bowl (lost in 2nd round). But she really had bad draws, the girls she lost to at OB reached the final and has had some really impressive wins this week.
Good luck to her wherever she plays next :)
 

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She just won U12 Florida sectional crashing all of her opponents - besides losing one set 4:6, she won the rest 6:0 or 6:1 :yeah:
 

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She was RU at USTA U12 National Clay Court Championships, losing 2:6 5:7 in the final.
 

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This time she won G12 National Spring Championship in both singles and doubles without dropping a set :yeah:
 

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Small update:
Sofia played her first 3 ITF tournaments and did really well :yeah:
In the first two she got a MD WC and won 3 matches but was unlucky to play eventual winner Daria Sharapova in 1/8 and then no. 1 seed Renaud in 1/16. In her 3rd tournament she qualified but lost in 2nd round to McAdoo who is Top 300 in juniors now. In total she won 7 matches and lost 3. She didn't get many points as these ITFs had big draws and players didn't get any points unless they reached 3rd round.
Sofia is now #1351 in junior rankings and there are only 2 players younger than her that have a better ranking :)
 

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Sofia won USTA G14 National Championships :yeah:
She also jumped over 300 positions and is only around 20 places outside Top 1000 in the junior ranking after reaching QF in a G4 before losing to Helbauer 5:7 in the 3rd. Sofia was the only player to win a set against Helbauer who is a Top 200 player so it's a good sign :yeah:
 

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Sofia is so unlucky with her draws :eek: She's yet to achieve her 1st ITF SF but in her 8 tournaments played so far she already had to face the eventual winner 4 times :eek:
 

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Sonya's website was updated and it turns out she has grown quite a lot: she's 5'2" which is 1,57m (not 1,625m as her website states). That's definitely good news as her height seemed to be an important issue before.
 

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Eddie Herr U14 turned out to be a great tournament with a very disappointing ending.
Suprisingly (she wasn't the favorite) until the final she was totally dominating the field winning easily against quality opponents without dropping more than 3 games in a set: 6/0 6/0; 6/3 6/1; 6/2 6/2; 6/3 6/0; 6/3 6/2. It seemed that the final would be the same story when she was 6:1 5:2 up againts Fanny Stollar from Hungary but then she choked massively while her opponent raised her level and eventually Sofia lost 6/1 5/7 3/6.
I really liked her game - very mature for her age. She hits quite hard, has great variety, mixes up the pace, has nice drop shots, creates nice angles and seemed pretty composed until the choke happened. She doesn't really have any big weaknesses (well she's short and you could see that her limited reach did hurt her a few times) and should be developing into a very good player.
It was probably the biggest match of her career, so I can understand the choke, hopefully she'll learn from this and take the title at Orange Bowl :yeah:
 

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Pics from Eddie Herr :)







 

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If there's an award for a player with crappiest draws, Sofia will have no competition.
She lost to Jokic 1/6 2/6 at Nike Junior Cup in 1/8 finals which means in her last 4 losses she always lost to the eventual winner. The worst part is that besides Eddie Herr, where she was a RU, she had to face the eventual winner very early: in 1/8 and twice in 1/16 and the players she lost to were very dominant in other matches. Also, in her last 6 losses, she faced the eventual winner 5 times.
The bad luck has to end someday, hopefully it'll be soon :yeah:
 

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I know your a big fan and that's great. I just wasn't as impressed with her game. She was spraying balls all over the place and I didn't see the pace. Good little player for sure but has a ways to go. As far as the bad draws, well, she is playing in her age group so to lose to the eventual winner that many times is just saying that there are quite a few girls better than her. I would agree with you but she's 14 now and playing in the 14's. Just my thoughts.
 
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