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"sonia kenan" Discussed on Beyond the Baseline
"Thanks this was. It's always a pleasure talking but our time is a major champion so congrats on that. Thank you so much. Thank you take care. Thank you take care. Bye All right. Thanks to Sonia. Kenan I stopping by and Thanks Jamie opening you. In her outstanding producer Damien Santi Team is plenty. We spoke with Sonia. Kenan Hunter maybe nine months ago. It wasn't that long ago not that long ago She was an ambitious upstart. Very pleasant person to talk to you but she was not a major champion now. I think she's really redefined herself and I feel like her. Ambition has not been blunted if anything. It's it's kind of in sharpened. But she did seem to say nobody can take this away from me. I was looking at the W. T. A. Website Can prove them wrong. Which seems to be sort of a an emo that The obligatory reference to the doubters who are out there. I don't know if that really exists with her. I just think she's a player who doesn't necessarily have big weapons and she's not going to serve anyone off the court and she's not fifteen years old and she's thirty eight years old but she's a really really good tennis player and just as important a really really good fighter and now she's the reigning champion. Yeah it's it's pretty incredible. We talked about it but we Last time she was on the podcast was may twenty nineteen so I mean not that long ago you know but when we talked with her one of the first things that we mentioned or that you you said to. Her was the headline from two thousand seventeen junior champion. Sophia Kenan to play Maria Sharapova. And I think we had a lengthy conversation with her about her third round match against Sharipova her idol. Right and we we you know had all everything from her having a Russian background and all these parallels Sharipova and how it was amazing to be on that stage playing her idol and You know she was number thirty seven at the time so fast forward to now and it's such an incredible Thing to think about how much has changed and Just hearing her talk she's so matter of fact she's all business and she's just like I want a major here. I am a little celebration but moving onto the next thing. She never doubted it. And I think she really enjoys the competition the competitive nature of everything. The the the and you heard what you said about other the other girls are going to have to know they're gonNA have to work really hard to beat me good for you. I think you're totally right. I mean I'm just thinking man this this sport you know nine months ago The Big Story. Line is you wants plagiarized Maria Sharapova. And now your top ten player is what a major in. You're going to the Olympics. I I also think she is a really really good mix of business like you know. She's not I mean there are different players who have won majors and they are still celebrating today amid sort of mission accomplished and now I can check that box and go live happily ever after. Data's not you know that's not Sonja Kennan But she's also she's cool like she's accessible. She's I think she wants to be out there. I think she's she didn't really bite when I asked her that. But you know she's happy to jump call and do a podcast early in the morning when she doesn't have to I don't think she minds being out there and I don't think she mind this blast of celebrity. That's GONNA come a lot of players really shy from that. Look I just signed up to be a tennis player and hit balls and win matches. I don't want to have to deal with everything else. I think she's really ready to step up her profile but I also don't think she's seeking that out right. I think there's a difference there I think she's. It's just part of her personality. She's she's feisty she's she's fighting for what she wants and she's you know she's willing to do what it takes. And she knows that that is part of it and I think she's willing to do it and she's she's kind of like yeah again. She's spar it's part of the is part of the business part of the game. She's willing to do it all and I think it's all she's ready to be number one and she wants to be number one and I think that's a really healthy mix of on the one hand. She's very ambitious and is not embarrassed about that. She doesn't hold back on expressing her ambition but she also sort of understands that. There's more to this job than than just winning matches so she's not going to suddenly pivot and become an instagram star and seek seek out. Sports illustrated personnel asking about Super BOWL PARTIES IN SWIMSUIT ISSUES. But the flip side is that you know she also realizes that. Yeah they're going to be some additional pressures and I'm ready for that I also I mean sh I get the feeling. She's sick of talking about it but I. I really think there's something there. I don't know if you saw this. So she we played that video With Andy Roddick which. He's five years old that she's telling Tennis Channel. She knows how to return. Andy Roddick serve And now there are others. Yes she's with Kim Clijsters. And she's classes braiding her hair she's meeting Annakournakova. And it's kind of become this talking point that she not not unreasonably seems to have gotten tired of but I do think there's something to that that when you're a kid in you see these players interact with these players. And they're not just people you see on Youtube or they're not just what my generation would say posters. Hang on your wall kids. Still kids still posters sidebar. I think it's still thing I mean. Oh No But point being when you actually have interactions with these athletes. Wouldn't Jean King Say You know you have to do to be it. I think that really there's something there I mean I think We talked about this with Robbie. Koenig in going South Africa. I think seeing athletes up close in person really does something to kids. I think it's a really formative experience. I think it's one reason why all these tournaments leaving the United States have a really harmful effect on American tennis. It's not just at the stars. Don't come from here but it's when the action isn't here when you can't be a ball kid when you can't be. Gilg asking for autographs outside the practice court. I think that has a really harmful effect. The flip side is when you do have these interactions like Kenan did. It's a big deal when you're six years old and you're deciding what sport to play Definitely I mean you have to see see to believe it but there's also something I think You know about the videos you talk about with. Kenan is that she saw these these players and she you know had to just interact with them as normal as she would with anyone else. She came across at a young age so now it seems like that could play into her. Having this kind of nonchalant attitude about yeah I want a major just like maybe. She was a little kid. Yeah oh I'm I'm getting my hair braided by You know grandma who I now could in theory play against the one of these days just I I also feel like tennis bill. Enter maybe this sports. In general sort of builds in these these scripts and these story lines. So it's all great via cannons climbing the ladder. But can she make a dent in a major? And she beat Serena Williams at the French Open. That was pretty good and now here. She is eight months later and she's winning the Australian Open. She's a major champion. Her name is going to be on that wall. And if you saw the board when players walked out to the cord and you walk by Martina Navratilova and Steffi and Monica Seles and federal at all. So you can't. His name is is going to be there But tennis builds in these the scrap building this talking points almost like wwe so the next stage is going to become a will. She have a target on her back. Now she's a player to be beaten. Alyce respond to that in a can. She avoid the dreaded fate of the one hit wonder and the next challenge. Is I'm I'm not an Ostapenko? I'm not one of these one offs and can stay healthy. Can't you stay home? We've seen that with You know maybe not necessarily major winners but younger players who have quickly come up and you know one titles and there's a US Open champion. Who DID NOT POST FOR For Australia exactly I think that's a really good point. what is her level of. I mean I I do think that she might benefit from having the game. She has on the health department that She is not someone. That's you'll lumbering around the court. She's not someone who has one of those delicate physiques But I think that I think that's an interesting point to. How will she keep herself healthy? And they're gonNA be opportunities to play exhibitions now and they're gonNA play doubles in. Australia's you're gonNA keep playing doubles and we talk about this across the board but when you start winning you're playing more matches your tournaments are longer your in all of these places. Extend beyond what you're used to perhaps You know you're saying into the second week or you're you're staying through the weekend and all the sudden that affects your schedule when that happens over the course of two three four five six weeks so You know it's something just to think about in terms of managing the overall the health and I mean she's you know flying to Dubai and then where's she going next. And how is that playing into how she how her body's recovering feel like we don't talk about enough? I mean I've going to Australia and I have to go to Japan and a few days in I am wrecked. I mean my my sleep is all messed up by. I mean it's just I don't feel like myself when you hear that and yeah I mean. He's probably flying candidates probably flying in luxury in staying. He's no he's not staying at The Ramada Inn But when the dollar is going from the Australian Open to the Middle East play exhibition to South Africa than back to my Orca. I mean that takes a toll on anyone in I feel like we don't talk about that enough that just the sheer rigors of travel that even you know so new cannon is flying whatever whatever the tickets twelve hour time difference or twenty hours the. She's getting from Melbourne to the Seattle suburbs to Florida to do by and not to mention on top of that. She's carrying an emotional weight. Not In a bad way. But you know we we talk about. Oh you know if something happens or you're you're you suffer a loss. Whatever it is but this. This is an emotional thing for her. And it's something that you know she's GonNa wake up in the morning and still feel that I mean it's it's a happy happy told but It was a huge marker in her. This transformational moment in her life. And that's a really good point. And you're dealing with the emotions of that and in this case Your per per father involved and there is A. There's financial the financial consulates all this. I mean there's a lot going on apart from jet lag and travel and security lines in. I think sometimes we you know. We hear that a player is sick or where we hear give. Dominic team has has this cold. He's having a hard time shaking Anyone that's traveled internationally can and then and then try to go back to work soon. Thereafter can probably relate to that but No I think You know if you've said before the tournament Novak Djokovic is GonNa Win Number Eight. I think most people say sounds about right. And if you'd said so you can is GonNa win. Number one on the women's side people would say what and then you'd say I don't know why why not I mean she. She knows how to win. Joey played joined to play one draw. Here's your way into play one seeded player but that's a little misleading. Because in that was cocoa gov coming off defeat of the defending champion and a lot in that match ms or boats from South Florida Kenan Gov and nobody wants to lose to the fifteen year old And then he played on Jabber sort of a tricky opponent but candidly not not the worst quarterfinal opponent of Major. Then she had to play Ash. Bharti who not only was the number one ranked player in the world number-one seed but also was the hometown favourite act and then with everything on the line. She had to play a player. Who's considerably older? Who had two majors in Mugo so And it was interesting to hear her talk about you. Know she went through the different absent flows of the match and how she said You know she gave all the credit to agree with that that she could you know but she kind of said that that she never. She never explained that she was like you know. Nervous or that across the net. That person was you know. She's unflappable in that situation. You could even tell when she was recounting it. She was just kind of like yeah and I went down and when it was this I actually just like clear. Correct me when I said second round instead of I. She knew right away. What round We'd spoken Yes she's she's all I would say she's all business but but I feel like there's also a part of her that sort of bring it on. I'll do your interviews bringing on I'll endorser product. I mean I feel like there's a very nice balance here again between someone who is nakedly ambitious in the best possible way but also.
"sonia kenan" Discussed on Beyond The Baseline
"Thanks this was. It's always a pleasure talking but our time is a major champion so congrats on that. Thank you so much. Thank you thank Sonya Take Care Thank you take care bye all right. Thanks to Sonia Kenan I stopping by and Thanks Jamie opening you. In her outstanding producer Damien Santi Team is plenty. We spoke with Sonia. Kenan Hunter maybe nine months ago. It wasn't that long ago not that long ago She was an ambitious upstart. Very pleasant person to talk to you but she was not a major champion now. I think she's really redefined herself and I feel like her. Ambition has not been blunted if anything. It's it's kind of in sharpened. But she did seem to say nobody can take this away from me. I was looking at the W. T. A. Website Can prove them wrong. Which seems to be sort of a an emo that The obligatory reference to the doubters who are out there. I don't know if that really exists with her. I I just think she's a player who doesn't necessarily have big weapons and she's not going to serve anyone off the court and she's not fifteen years old and she's thirty eight years old but she's a really really good tennis player and just as important a really really good fighter and now she's the reigning champion. Yeah it's it's pretty incredible. We talked about it but we Last time she was on the podcast was may twenty nineteen so I mean not that long ago you know but when we talked with her one of the first things that we mentioned or that you you said to. Her was the headline from two thousand seventeen junior champion. Sophia Kenan to play Maria Sharapova. And I think we had a lengthy conversation with her about her third round match against Sharipova her idol. Right and we we you know had all everything from her having a Russian background and all these parallels Sharipova and how it was amazing to be on that stage playing her idol and You know she was number thirty seven at the time so fast forward to now and it's such an incredible Thing to think about how much has changed and Just hearing her talk she's so matter of fact she's all business and she's just like I want a major here. I am a little celebration but moving onto the next thing. She never doubted it. And I think she really enjoys the competition the competitive nature of everything. The the the heard what you said about other the other girls are going to have to know. They're gonNA have to work really hard to beat me good for you. I think you're totally right. I mean I'm just thinking man this this sport you know nine months ago The Big Story. Line is you wants plagiarized Maria Sharapova. And now your top ten player is what a major in. You're going to the Olympics. I I also think she is a really really good mix of business like you know. She's not I mean there are different players who have won majors and they are still celebrating today amid sort of mission accomplished and now I can check that box and go live happily ever after. Data's not you know that's not Sonja Kennan But she's also she's cool like she's accessible. She's I think she wants to be out there. I think she's she didn't really bite when I asked her that. But you know she's happy to jump call and do a podcast early in the morning when she doesn't have to I don't think she minds being out there and I don't think she mind this blast of celebrity. That's GONNA come a lot of players really shy from that. Look I just signed up to be a tennis player and hit balls and win matches. I don't want to have to deal with everything else. I think she's really ready to step up her profile but I also don't think she's seeking that out right. I think there's a difference there I think she's. It's just part of her personality. She's she's feisty she's she's fighting for what she wants and she's you know she's willing to do what it takes. And she knows that that is part of it and I think she's willing to do it and she's she's kind of like yeah again. She's spar it's part of the is part of the business part of the game. She's willing to do it all and I think it's all she's ready to be number one and she wants to be number one and I think that's a really healthy mix of on the one hand. She's very ambitious and is not embarrassed about that. She doesn't hold back on expressing her ambition but she also sort of understands that. There's more to this job than than just winning matches so she's not going to suddenly pivot and become an instagram star and seek seek out. Sports illustrated personnel asking about Super BOWL PARTIES IN SWIMSUIT ISSUES. But the flip side is that you know she also realizes that. Yeah they're going to be some additional pressures and I'm ready for that I also I mean sh I get the feeling. She's sick of talking about it but I. I really think there's something there. I don't know if you saw this. So she we played that video With Andy Roddick which. He's five years old that she's telling Tennis Channel. She knows how to return. Andy Roddick serve And now there are others. Yes she's with Kim Clijsters. And she's classes braiding her hair she's meeting Annakournakova. And it's kind of become this talking point that she not not unreasonably seems to have gotten tired of but I do think there's something to that that when you're a kid in you see these players interact with these players. And they're not just people you see on Youtube or they're not just what my generation would say posters. Hang on your wall kids. Still kids still posters sidebar. I think it's still thing I mean. Oh No But point being when you actually have interactions with these athletes. Wouldn't Jean King Say You know you have to do to be it. I think that really there's something there I mean I think We talked about this with Robbie. Koenig in going South Africa. I think seeing athletes up close in person really does something to kids. I think it's a really formative experience. I think it's one reason why all these tournaments leaving the United States have a really harmful effect on American tennis. It's not just at the stars. Don't come from here but it's when the action isn't here when you can't be a ball kid when you can't be. Gilg asking for autographs outside the practice court. I think that has a really harmful effect. The flip side is when you do have these interactions like Kenan did. It's a big deal when you're six years old and you're deciding what sport to play Definitely I mean you have to see see to believe it but there's also something I think You know about the videos you talk about with. Kenan is that she saw these these players and she you know had to just interact with them as normal as she would with anyone else. She came across at a young age so now it seems like that could play into her. Having this kind of nonchalant attitude about yeah I want a major just like maybe. She was a little kid. Yeah oh I'm I'm getting my hair braided by You know grandma who I now could in theory play against the one of these days just I I also feel like tennis bill. Enter maybe this sports. In general sort of builds in these these scripts and these story lines. So it's all great via cannons climbing the ladder. But can she make a dent in a major? And she beat Serena Williams at the French Open. That was pretty good and now here. She is eight months later and she's winning the Australian Open. She's a major champion. Her name is going to be on that wall. And if you saw the board when players walked out to the cord and you walk by Martina Navratilova and Steffi and Monica Seles and federal at all. So you can't. His name is is going to be there But tennis builds in these the scrap building this talking points almost like wwe so the next stage is going to become a will. She have a target on her back. Now she's a player to be beaten. Alyce respond to that in a can. She avoid the dreaded fate of the one hit wonder and the next challenge. Is I'm I'm not an Ostapenko? I'm not one of these one offs and can stay healthy. Can't you stay home? We've seen that with You know maybe not necessarily major winners but younger players who have quickly come up and you know one titles and there's a US Open champion. Who DID NOT POST FOR For Australia exactly I think that's a really good point. what is her level of. I mean I I do think that she might benefit from having the game. She has on the health department that She is not someone. That's you'll lumbering around the court. She's not someone who has one of those delicate physiques But I think that I think that's an interesting point to. How will she keep herself healthy? And they're gonNA be opportunities to play exhibitions now and they're gonNA play doubles in. Australia's you're gonNA keep playing doubles and we talk about this across the board but when you start winning you're playing more matches your tournaments are longer your in all of these places. Extend beyond what you're used to perhaps You know you're saying into the second week or you're you're staying through the weekend and all the sudden that affects your schedule when that happens over the course of two three four five six weeks so You know it's something just to think about in terms of managing the overall the health and I mean she's you know flying to Dubai and then where's she going next. And how is that playing into how she how her body's recovering feel like we don't talk about enough? I mean I've going to Australia and I have to go to Japan and a few days in I am wrecked. I mean my my sleep is all messed up by. I mean it's just I don't feel like myself when you hear that and yeah I mean. He's probably flying candidates probably flying in luxury in staying. He's no he's not staying at The Ramada Inn But when the dollar is going from the Australian Open to the Middle East play exhibition to South Africa than back to my Orca. I mean that takes a toll on anyone in I feel like we don't talk about that enough that just the sheer rigors of travel that even you know so new cannon is flying whatever whatever the tickets twelve hour time difference or twenty hours the. She's getting from Melbourne to the Seattle suburbs to Florida to do by and not to mention on top of that. She's carrying an emotional weight. Not In a bad way. But you know we we talk about. Oh you know if something happens or you're you're you suffer a loss. Whatever it is but this. This is an emotional thing for her. And it's something that you know she's GonNa wake up in the morning and still feel that I mean it's it's a happy happy told but It was a huge marker in her. This transformational moment in her life. And that's a really good point. And you're dealing with the emotions of that and in this case Your per per father involved and there is A. There's financial the financial consulates all this. I mean there's a lot going on apart from jet lag and travel and security lines in. I think sometimes we you know. We hear that a player is sick or where we hear give. Dominic team has has this cold. He's having a hard time shaking Anyone that's traveled internationally can and then and then try to go back to work soon. Thereafter can probably relate to that but No I think You know if you've said before the tournament Novak Djokovic is GonNa Win Number Eight. I think most people say sounds about right. And if you'd said so you can is GonNa win. Number one on the women's side people would say what and then you'd say I don't know why why not I mean she. She knows how to win. Joey played joined to play one draw. Here's your way into play one seeded player but that's a little misleading. Because in that was cocoa gov coming off defeat of the defending champion and a lot in that match ms or boats from South Florida Kenan Gov and nobody wants to lose to the fifteen year old And then he played on Jabber sort of a tricky opponent but candidly not not the worst quarterfinal opponent of Major. Then she had to play Ash. Bharti who not only was the number one ranked player in the world number-one seed but also was the hometown favourite act and then with everything on the line. She had to play a player. Who's considerably older? Who had two majors in Mugo so And it was interesting to hear her talk about you. Know she went through the different absent flows of the match and how she said You know she gave all the credit to agree with that that she could you know but she kind of said that that she never. She never explained that she was like you know. Nervous or that across the net. That person was you know. She's unflappable in that situation. You could even tell when she was recounting it. She was just kind of like yeah and I went down and when it was this I actually just like clear. Correct me when I said second round instead of I. She knew right away. What round We'd spoken Yes she's she's all I would say she's all business but but I feel like there's also a part of her that sort of bring it on. I'll do your interviews bringing on I'll endorser product. I mean I feel like there's a very nice balance here again between someone who is nakedly ambitious in the best possible way but also.
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"What I WANNA do and then have it. She called it. Hey guys it's Irena Nina you guys up from Midland Michigan where Yesterday there was a snowstorm. And today we're talking about Sonia Kenan Grand Slam champ. Who two years ago actually played this tournament keep listening? There's something to be said about that mentality. She has that Russian Nationality in her. In that you can see. It reminds me a little bit of Maria Sharapova because she'll never give up and the fighting spirit it seems so simple. You're still playing actively and when I play it and everything it seems so simple. Of course I'm going to fight for every point every ball and tries too hard but but you have to have a certain commitment to that to really do it. And she's doing it times ten thousand because she's not giving up not not bleeding on herself. She's still going I. I think it's a commitment to your belief in yourself to credit to her dad. WHO's ingrained in her like? Hey you're amazing you're good you're good you're good. That takes a lot of guts to be able to believe in yourself as well so to be able to deliver that and I think I mean she was down set points against Bardia in both sets. I know everyone talks about that to to be able to go ahead and just believe. Hey I'm still GONNA win this. I'm still in this like no matter what I'm still just going to keep going for every point and that's what but I love when her back against the wall she was like I'm still going for my shots. She was in Nina. Sh never never diamond. Talapity is just. It's amazing to see at work and to pay off and it reminds me a little bit of Novak Djokovic. Won The men's title but that to me was less of an interesting storyline for for many reasons but now he has grandson on number seventeen which is more interesting. She gets closer to Rafa and Roger but for the most part for me the the most interesting moment of the men's final and this is incredibly biased is when he got upset so he was at four on the second set he loses serve. He has time violations and he gets upset. I get it and he Touches touch taps gently the UMPIRES shoe and that I mean twitter blew up but I mean is that an offense. I mean you're not supposed to touch the empire. What'd twitter say? Twitter was upset because of course the argument is Wolf. Serena did that. She'd be disqualified. If Nick curious did that he jail. That's you know that's the the reaction is going to be Novak so loved and he's number three or number one now. Sorry you can do whatever you want but come on like a tap is not. He wasn't trying to hit the guy. He wasn't aggressive but bolt I duNno. I love drama. I'm pretty sure that you're not supposed to touch anything. Anyone like like. That's just unacceptable but at that stage. I doubt that the UMPIRES tires can be like disqualified. I mean of course. Yeah but I can't even imagine how much twitter blown up after that. I mean that that would be that would be chaos. But I didn't. I'm going to have to watch the video. I do know that He actually made the comment like a good job. You just became famous or something. Yeah Yeah So. He watched them. And then then. And that's up. Yeah Yeah when he sat down he said you know well done. You've made yourself famous. which don't pair did not hear him sing is that should have received a you know that? That's an offense isn't it. I think half do from what I understand. You have to use bad language or maybe more aggressive and he wasn't really been guy he's being sarcastic which we know he's being little and then that's like whatever Novak one grand seventeen I'm invested in the joke but storyline because I think he's GonNa Pass I Roger but he hasn't yet so my favorite moment and you're gonNA relate to this Ashley Barty lost. WHO's my finals? We talked about it and brought brought her niece like a twelve month. Twelve week old baby interest with her and sat there for like at this point over a five minute press conference with this kid in her arms and I was like this is a power our move. This is incredible and of course her her whole spiel was. It's all about perspective you know. I had a great Australian summer so my finals is a great result. She's world number one but it is what the baby in arms I was like. Wow this is the best one ever. I recently just became an aunt so I can definitely relate to this because it really does just put it in perspective at the end of the day. Her niece is not really going to care what she did what her result was whether she want her law she just wants to see her aunt and and I am. I'm so blown away. That's such a it was a power move but I don't think that it was coming from A. Oh I need to make headlines it was just like hey at the end of the day this is what matters and I loved it. I was here for an I. I mean you have a new knee so I think you understand more like it's something so beautiful and having you know she said Oh you know what. My niece's Noah's going on. She gave me a hug anyway. I'm like yeah she's the baby. She's a baby the fact that she can actually give hugs already already Lena. Embrace of some sort that's awesome. I'm I got. That's one of my top moments so the open. It's still fresh in our minds. But we're here in Midland Michigan at the Dow Tennis Classic. And I WANNA I WANNA ask you one more question. How do you go from Grand Slam to you? went to the WJ. One Twenty Five K series in Newport Newport and now you're at the it level to you is it all about just this. Is My job tennis match tennis match. I don't care how glamorous it looks. This is so glamorous to be fair. Ah Yeah no I trust me when I tell you that It's very easy to get caught up in that Grand Slam lifing. You're like holy cow. I went a few years ago ago. I Played Centre Court at Wimbledon and the following week. That was playing a sixty K.. I went to a tournament where it was a Porta potty situation and there were no locker rooms mm severely Jim and You only got one can of balls a day and it just really puts things in perspective And Yeah coming and here going to Grand Slam at the end of the day you know. My coach said it best. She's like Scott to play the ball. No matter where you are GonNa play the ball at the end of the day. No matter the opponent no matter the location you just have to respect your respectable and play it no matter what no matter if it's indoors in the Snow Oh outdoors and the bad hey has on air at grass leg after role with the punches for back then all right. Well we're going to close this episode. We're here at the greater Midland tennis center in Midland Michigan. So if you're listening to this and you're in the area come on by to see some amazing top players the field is stacked and our NFL. Kony money is also playing so episode. Our special guest today show up so thanks to toy effort time and.
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Body Serve
"Pain SAR to him. But he had to go through that but what he did in that match was worthy of an induction into the body. Surf Hall of fame. He came so close to being inducted into the body serve hall of shame and he just flipped which I know one of the goats that he I mean we could not realistically induct him in the Hall of Shame. It was something that we would have had to have given serious consideration. There are a lot of intangibles that go into that decision though but for the nature of what he did. He is an inducted into the body. Serve Hall of fame joining Miss Roberta. Cova as well as as well as somebody else that. Regrettably we don't quite remember right now while quite the hall of fame so perhaps I can't even remember who's in superhubs. The longtime listeners can let us know who federal joins in this esteemed category. Actually I kind of feel bad about. Rebar hoven colleen has suffered such a long career like interruption. Yeah I mean that was totally unrelated to what had happened then. Okay so far. Federal beat sanguine comes back from two sets to one down. He looks like he's completely gone in this match. The the body won't hold up and that we're going to have tennis. Sanguine miraculously deeper into an Australian Open. You'd have been a semi-finalist while was going through it. Though he got called for code violation for audible obscenity he said the YUP and so when MS belly rich calls him for this. He walks to the chair and she goes. I didn't quite hear it but the lines person did the lines judge did so. He marches back to the back of the court and he kinda like leans forward steps to the line judge not really in her face but Kinda in her face calmly interrogates are gets the response and then marches back to value bitch at which point. She unhooked her. Mike unscrews it swivels. It out of the way so that we don't catch what's going on and leans forward in anticipation and Federer watching this happen. Says something and then she says something and then it's over and it was such a boss. Experience to watch your. There's no reason to to approach aligns person and talk to them like that. It was reported that he said I didn't say I would kill you. Are you serious? The lines judge was like listen bitch. I'm here to call lines on Colorado's and I said what I said. Yeah if you've got something to say take it up with Miss Velvet if you so choose if you hear that reckless with your life after he said I guess that lines person understands Swiss German or whatever. I didn't know that fuck was Swiss. German word is it was like back. He's speak so many languages he just forgets. Just got a bit mangled there. Shall we move onto the women? Yes where can we? What what where where to start. How what what a Sony Canon becomes the tenth woman? Since the start of Serena Williams leave to win a Grand Slam. See what now ten out of twelve majors contested since the Australian Open two thousand seventeen have gone to a different person and while some will say that that is amazing parody and a banner moment for women's Tennessee. You are here to say stop. Don't know we were talking about this in the car last night and I have to say I feel that I feel a bit hamstrung by the philosophy of our show sometimes like we. We've been very very vocal supporters of women's tennis and tried to hit back at critics as much as possible wherever possible and there is a point. Where my personal feelings start to kind of conflict with that? I'm glad you segue from we to my because this I'm not saying that you have a problem with it. Well you said it's a attendant of our show. We have been trying to do this. But now you are here to speak for yourself in and from my perspective we're going to get into. Canon and the great things that she did at this tournament but overall I like to see his with some more players dominating at the top a rivalry perhaps or a player. Who's winning multiple slams over the past few years we've Seen Halibut? Soccer repeat? There were the only repeat winners over the past three years before that Serena pretty much dominated the decade but this is a very very long transition period for women's tennis. 'cause it's going on on on right. The presumes that will ever happen again. Right and so. Of course we've heard people say we need dominant champion in women's tennis and a lot of those people are detractors. Slake their operating in bad faith. I think that I'm coming from a place of I love this sport and for me. This isn't my ideal state. But you're in a position where you're Serena Fan. She's not winning. You've allowed Naomi Asaka onto your train and she put in a horrendous performance tournament. So where does that leave you? Well it doesn't have to be Serena. Obviously she's thirty eight years old it has to be someone else. That's what I'm saying. It wasn't Naomi. The problem is and a lot of the problem for the folks who share the same opinion as you do is. It's not your faith who's winning well. But WHO's winning? They're winning one and that's it so if somebody were to come here and start winning six if it's somebody you don't like no and they're onto major major number five or six you'd be then on board with them because they are winning. I can promise that I would be a fan but I could say that. That's more of the tour that I think would generate interest and attention from more casual fans and would be the kind of tour that I would rather watch honestly see I call bullshit on that because I just call stuff. You can't. You're free to do that but I'm telling you how I feel. I just feel like you need to expand your like if Sonia Kenan wins the calendar year. Grand Slam yes. The Golden Slam. That's not GonNa make me a fan of her but it is certainly something that generates discussion and marketing interest in women's tennis women's like the WTO would probably prefer that someone like Naomi or cocoa or Simona. Halep does it. But I think that that's all just talking out of people's asses when they say that because historically me. I'm the one saying which Netflix you're wrapped up in it right now. But we've seen that the history of women's Sport and the way that it's disadvantaged in terms of marketing an all these ideas that people come up to fix this problem. That is absolutely there that people don't watch women's sport the way that they watch men's sport. It has to do with structural issues from a youth level right up to the professional level. It has nothing to do with one person capturing the imagination over multiple slam winds Serena by and large wasn't able to do that for a large swath of I got her career there. What it's going to take is for fathers to be girl. Dad's if we're to use that from the happenings of the last week for people to tune in to to women's College athletics to watch women's cricket like goes across the board like we need to change or ethos with the way that we value sport when we start to value women's athletic contributions more than we will see the W. T. thrive better. They'll go that doesn't mean that the WTI as an institution isn't at fault and hasn't made bad decisions in terms of marketing the sport but to say that it's just that we need. We need this one person to come and like do all that. I don't buy into that anymore. No I don't think you're you're characterizing what I said one hundred percents accurately how much percent maybe sixty two. I'll take it myself and the people who listen to the show are largely fans of women's tennis and we are operating in good faith. You know we're not. We're not trying to denigrate the sport we want to see it thrive and I'm also not prescribing the ways in which the WTO will be successful. I don't know what makes women's sports accessible. I'm telling you honestly the type of tennis that I WANNA SEE. But then you then said. I think that this will be good for women's tennis and I don't necessarily agree with that right. I don't see that. That is more beneficial than having a plethora of talented woman who can show up at any moment and snatches. Yes but the flip side of that. Is You have a lot of extremely talented players flop. Okay that we don't need to get into it but like I personally would just like to see some of these top players assert themselves more consistently and actually someone help is someone who's doing that. Who just reached her eight semifinal who is a two time winner who very well could have been an Australian Open. Champion per ceiling is very very high now because she wants pricing on grasp any well. Let's not dwell on that. I think it would be patronizing to celebrate every single achievement of women centers only because it's women's tennis that that's what I'm saying wall. It took us a while to get there at the same time. I'm not saying that this isn't an incredible achievement. If that makes it I know that's that's a difficult too difficult thoughts to hold the same hand. Let me say this. You know what Sony Canon. She's got spunk. Hate spunk. I told you I had a job for you on this episode and that was it and you got it i. I'm so pleased that you caught it right away. I hope some of the older listeners of the body will pick up on that reference but it's iconic to be to be clear. I love spunk. Arches disgusting. Wow was not where this really think that through very well. I didn't expect you to do all that as per usual. You are doing more than is required. The most even. I don't know what you're feeling is at this point for doing the most but on that subject that That ferocity they you see from Sony Canon as one of the things that I most like about her her fire. I mean intensity is really the word Jerry Nathan described as ambient rage which I felt was perfect because she has raged coming out of her irrespective of the moment like she could have won a point. And you still feel this anger seeping out the way that she stomps around behind the baseline inbetween points even if she's dominating match right. It's so interesting. Her horizontal stomp from side to side in between points along. The baseline is one of my favorite things in tennis drug. Because the thing that I've taken away from watching Sonia Kenan this past two weeks. Yes she has these volatile moments some dividing up here saying I hope she's able to fix that at some point tantrums. Dude miss all of us would not. Oh my God focus on your lame stain your lane. Make sure that you're not swerving in-and-out it's not needed. I like that. These temporary moments of a fury are in service of her larger goal which is an undying unflinching self belief. And I said to you that that car that I'm referencing again while you referenced. I yesterday that Sony Canon is emblematic at this point in this tournament of a player who is in the midst of that singular moment where you are fearless in your career and it's such a stark contrast is so many players that we've seen in the last few years perhaps none greater than Serena Williams where the moment becomes too much garbage with a double-faulting all over the place. She only I say only but she only had eight double faults in that much but twice they came back to back and twice they were on incredibly important moments. The last and the ultimate one being much point and so when you can is not. She's not deterred by these momentary lapses by these huge errors where she may hit us. Swinging volley in the bottom of the net she then stumps to the next to the next point and get on with it knowing that she's got somewhere to be she's GonNa get there eventually once you've won enough once you experienced life enough. I think. There's a symbiotic relationship between the two. It's not just winning on court. It's losing off court and the relationship between the two puts into perspective. What's at play and I don't know how long players are able to hold onto this purple patch fearlessness. But so they can is in the midst of it right right. And it's able to boost. Maybe some flaws in her game some deficiencies in our game. You may look at. Sonia can play tennis and say. How is she winning these matches? She doesn't have the tools to be hurting. Governor move with the Aura Serena Williams or bianca undress skew or a neo. Sokha all these top players that she's beaten especially on hardcourts into last year but that that self belief and a solid game and a sneaky good to great team that's still developing can achieve a lot and it has At her stage in her garage..
"sonia kenan" Discussed on No Challenges Remaining
"In this video of Kim Clijsters. Wta found which was great touring. Touring the Miami Open. She's also in one. Jensen was in Charleston. Think so yeah well. She's there and she is talk about how she can return. Andy Roddick Sir and I love when things really telling 'cause like she's not daunted by all she's like I would have a strategy. I would do my split step out. Be ready for Andy. Roddick serve which is bound so just like the why not of Sonia. It's very very key with her and talk about and I was like they were in the same age group growing up playing forty juniors and even one of them is the rush American one of them represents Japan now they were neighbors in sort of quote unquote rivals. Certainly roll her eyes at that word in these tournaments. And there's you can look some. They're some archives of their heads when they were like twelve straight up. Says she's like Sony. Canon is the girl who was younger than me and better than me destroyed everybody. Juniors like it was insane and Naomi as a pro has a very good head against Sonia but but I think a lot of that has to do with their history of kind of like knowing that kid was like so good when she was young absolutely and so just seeing her out there and then we'll get a little bit like that match she was there. I love that. She walked onto the court just like looking happy to be there like really enjoying the moment. And Okay first off before I even that she beat party which saved two set points in each set to win that match. The crowd was all for Bharti absurd. Heat yes really hot really unpleasant day. The hottest terminal so far and also tough because it hasn't been hot at all so sudden heat. That's harder physically to adjust to the mega week of similar temperatures. I think in some ways so she beats ash Kind of like honestly deflects tournament quite a bit because Ashburn? They focused termine from local media from local fans. Everything and her doing that meant that she was in the final suddenly and it's the higher ranked player wants curbing Somehow up in the other semifinal similar similar kind of match where Mona had chances and posts but ultimately wanted straits. And that's the final. And all we're GONNA really talking about here. It's this fifth game of the third set. Which is everything to all third-set love forty down books on her serve on Kenan served. Looks like it's going to pull ahead and maybe get this match and when it Kenan Summons five back to back to back to back back. I think that's the right number of bax winners and not easy one. No and they were like eleven short. Rally eleven truck. Rally Thirteenth Truck Rally Ace and eleven and like doing that like her way because she comes off as sort of counterpuncher when you see her at first but she's like aggressive and not passive at all and she's like really dislike taking this bull by the horns and just like absolutely controlling it and rising that occasion. I was like with that. Is that a special. That was cool. And that moment you kinda broker. It's more she got a lead. I think in the next game. But then Kinda gave it up a couple of bad double-faults late in the match and diplomatically double-fault on match point championship point for her. Cannon can deserved every bit of this and really. Everyone's talking about the game now. I can't remember honestly like a game. That's been talked about as much in a big match like that. Even though is only only eight point game but wow what an eight points but he yeah. I've heard of shots. You know like no one. One point like the Novak's two forehand returns right on down down match points in a two federer. Or but I I just I was really racking my brain trying to fight against like the reasons he bias of like but that is something I just. I'm not sure the way that it happened especially again like women. The clothes came was when Serena Aga Wimbledon final for his game the four ace game but that was I mean it was still on serve. Hold a love hold but Serena came out and just fired four straight aces and you know middle in the third set which seemed really impressive at the time and it was and it was but just the way that Sonia did this like backhand down the line winner backhand down the line winner forehand down the line winner ace and then what ended up being. She put this backhand chip that if Gharbia let it go maybe would have floated wide. She didn't she try to volley it back into the court and then it was too short in the Middle Courts on your brain out been put the forehand cross away but Yeah I I just don't remember moment where I was so sure that a game was gonna go a certain way especially because Sonia like you felt like an. I tweeted this at the time she didn't. She had tight return games on garbage. In those first two service games and garbage escaped so as to to and you kind of felt like shit like you probably broke early and now garbage can be settled down. Soviet won the second set six had momentum. Yeah and sure. Enough like Sonia puts in three straight unforced errors basically and like it was a week service game to fall behind. Love Forty And then like that like she flipped. It was it was. It was a stunner and and if anybody's never seen that game like Google it look it up. Go find the tape. It's should be. I just told her when I did the champions podcast with it for the WTO is like that game is going to be the calling card of your career. Like that's the game that everyone will remember in the same way as like for Bianca that lasts third-set against Koerber like people were. That's what we remember of like. Oh Shit this kid is special or you know Naomi keeping her head right against Serena in the US Open final. We don't remember necessarily were also PENCO. Did against you know every player has that calling card and I feel like that singular game was was was Sonia's and it was it was bonkers so Kenan goes from being a player who was anonymous before the term that she was wearing Guido Patches which I love. I'm a fan of those read. Ben's past basically if you're if you're kind of player doesn't have a lot of deals you're playing in big stage matches or against big names. You get offered these one off. Patios from this French cosmetics company Guehenno also. Mary core is also one of their brands so she had both of those because she didn't have any pre existing corporate interests. She so she's only the fourth player to win a slam wearing green patches. Other ones Bartoli stow sir and coups nuts. There's a brand there right so it's all kind of like who weren't the ones who were supposed to win and can fit in that mold for sure. Although she's younger I think probably in all those played well because that's where the first time anyway can now is number one American number seven in the world. Where do you think she can go from here? I mean what is this? You know it's it's one beautiful moment for her or do you think that she can sustain into being a longtime top ten player. I think she's certainly going to be a long time. Top Twenty player and I say that with no disparagement men. I think that she her games. So steady like she'll be in the mix will she keep being an Alpha? I'm not sure but I think she's absolutely has the game the fundamentals and great strokes and great mind. Be in the top ten fifteen for a long time. I mean what we see right now These days in women's Tennis. It's a combination of things but in particular the players that kind of hold their position within the top ten or hold their position within the top five or whatever it is it really comes down to mentality because you look at a player like Simone Allah. Who made her top ten debut like fricken years ago? Like maybe two thousand fourteen or fifteen and she's never left and she has the longest active streak in the top ten yet. I know just based off of tennis twitter based on Fan feedback. Like you know. Whatever that people don't respect the sound like the right word but people don't fear. Simona the way that they fear in rescue or in Osaka or even applicable like. They're kind of like she's beatable. Yeah on any given day and yet that kid has never left the top ten She has a really left the top five very often either within the last especially like three years since she wants slams into me therefore it's not necessarily always the game that gets you across the line. It's it's that mentality. It's that willingness to deliver. When you take the court you don't overplay Simona doesn't overplay but you have to deliver when you're there and and and you look at like you know. Sokha who will who will come out of Melbourne being ranked number ten which could be very good thing for her to be quite honest. Kavita who's comes out I think ranked number eleven You know there. There's a lot to be said about you know for Ken in the way that her game is. It's not a game that should be blasted off the court. It's not a game that should take bad losses. I mean she lost like three in love maybe to Collins in Adelaide or love and three Hong Kong it but we saw collins was doing in both brisbane-adelaide very disappointing her going out in the first round of tough draw Or second round second round. Yeah so there's no reason to think that Sonia Kenan can't be like a regular top fifteen player Kaz. Her game isn't built to go wrong in the same way that Simone is built to go wrong in the same way that's fiddle. Lena's isn't really built to go wrong. You know in stretches you might have bad match here there and look and I think with her game with and she is so smart on court. Tv so that when she's playing being able to beat Ashby ashes own game or what. We think of his ashes strengths like her. Dad I think is a very good coach. Louis Game Plan. I think there's every reason to think he's very good. Her son fundamentals are very solid top. Fifteen more saying it sounds almost like I don't want to come off. It's a disc and audio. Sounds like we're low balling her saying she could be double the ranking. She is now but the number seven. How open the women's open. I think she can really be someone who's a fixture and then the setting this is big and I think we saw her twenty nine hundred record of being a great week in week out player being able to go make Semis at big tournaments like Cincinnati and Canada. Also show up and give a good effort and win Guangzhou by that shows like. She's not somebody like Osaka. Who really peaks for big moments and can have highs and lows like Muga roots. Who can talk about next? Who's kind of made a career? These real highs and real lows you know I think can it's not that and she is more like a Halla or even more like you know in some ways like it's fit Alina also been in there as a very steady person in the top ten. There's a very real without China mythologised things and make up narratives just to like whatever but there is a very real thing that I feel like Sonia has which is a a person a twenty one year old woman who came to the states Russian. You know obviously loves America. And then she'll be the first to light strap on the red white and blue town like and demand that you know people respect for that but there's something very real about this kid who. She acts and her father does as well in in the way that he speaks nothing. They don't expect anything to be given to them anything. Because that has been their experience they have had to work for everything. This kid has had the work three times over for the attention that she now has and even then you can argue. It's not commensurate with her achievement. Like when she goes to Fed Cup Next week to play in Washington alongside Serena and cocoa golf like will she be the story between and then Toko Golf probably not probably not in and we can all understand. There's only so much on the fair but it's what it is. It's what it's what. It is to quit the Irishman. But but yeah no so so. I do get the sense with her that you know in talking to her a lot within the last twelve months twelve sixteen months of this. I've got a win win. Titles I gotTa Win Big titles in order to get anybody to pay attention to me. And there's no anger about it. This is just the reality that she and her father accepted that they are seventh on the Totem Pole. That they you know they gotta do big things. That's why she got really up for to to to to beat Serena at Roland. Garros her idol. That's why she got really up to to be. Cocoa here is like these..
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Body Serve
"No but I have no idea how to how to judge this match before it happens in the third round either. Venus Cocoa Streets of a or cure stereo could play Sokha so this little section gets more and more interesting as it goes on in this quarter. You also have Sloan Stevens. She opens against Young Schweik Samantha. Stores gets a qualifier. There's also Sonia Kenan in the section Jo Kondo Unser bore. Who's been playing good ball wasn't he? Aki is in this in. This quarter will end. The really unfortunate thing wasn't wasn't Yacky as the champion from two years ago and this being her final tournament in her career. She is likely. Should she get past? Christiaan in the first round to play dainius trump skin. The second round right yes. Trumka is currently in the final in Adelaide. She's been pummeling the ball. But the seed who is drawn to face Serena Williams in this possible round of Sixteen Joanna Konta. She's all the way up to number twelve now but there I mean. There are formidable obstacles in her way with trump's and WOZNIACKI. We're looking at just trump's go was near Kaycee Carolina's able to get through that. It's possible that Serena sensor into retirement in wrong three. That could happen. Right or should beat Serena and has a fairytale run to the four or Wayne. Cheung is is in the semi final. I have no idea. Point is there's a lot of intrigue in the section. This is the one that folks us included were gasping at when we first side and you know draws are made for gasping right. Sloan has not been playing well over the past few weeks and it is not easy for her to start listen. She took she lost in easily in straight-sets to a Rodeo Novo yes that is not a good look and Samson over in the first week of the season. Samantha's dozer has had some good results lately. She's playing in Australia. Don't count her out so as we go through the quarters not gonna be eight of them between the men and the women. We have noted some of the first round matchups that we think are are worth watching in the second quarter. We've already talked about Venus and cocoa. Sloan and John Schwab joke. Honda plays unser born. I think that's a low key big one to watch and then the other one that I'm not so sure folks are paying as much attention to as they shoulda is the number three seed Naomi Osaka versus. Marie boasts Kava. You just picture. As one of the breakout candidates for twenty S. it's not an ideal opening round for Naomi at all. I think Naomi is in good form. She's serving extremely well. She will probably get through. But this is not the kind of name that you want to see your first round if you're a top four seed and then if it plays to seeding this quarter would have Nimule. Soccer Police Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. Which for me is a cute place for it to happen. I think there's been wonderful groundwork laid in the preamble to Australian Open to have this much. Should it happen? Put the twenty eight hundred. Us Open final to rest once. And for all right Serena got her first win against Naomi in Toronto last year. I would like for this match to happen if it happens not to be in a final at least not right away but what is some of the preamble groundwork that? I was talking about well earlier. This week was the Rally for relief for the Australian Bushfires. It saw all the top players encore at the same time. Miked up having a good time playing mixed doubles. This was the brainchild of Nick. Curios Kudos to him for getting this up and running. We neglected to mention the last episode. That nick was really the catalyst for players getting involved with this with this. 'cause the institutions are not surprisingly a little bit slow to react but nick was the first one to say. I'm going to donate such and such for every race that I hit. He also kind of chided tennis Australia into getting the ball rolling. Right at this event Serena and Naomi are sitting beside each other. They're chatting after overnight Naomi posts a picture to social media. Captioning it saying me and mom or me and my mom and it was just wonderful really. It was a very cute picture. Actually and I will say I don't know how much chatting was actually involved between the two of them because Naomi said in the money that when she's around these top players she gets nervous. She doesn't really know what to say. And the interviewer was like your like your one of them now. And she's like but I'm new. I've only been here for a little while and Serena responds with a bunch of hearts. So there's that as far as new Serena concerned they're good for the folks who wanted to start ship going forward with respect to the two of them. Naomi went up in the aggrieved party and Naomi is making it clear here that she's good. We saw that. She was good in Toronto last year. We saw the good in Cincinnati. When I asked her about it last year she was like it was like playing a video game character. And you reach the final level. And you're playing. The boss and Serena just leveled up that's OC described Serena in Toronto on describing playing her with awe. It's done with like we are the ones as folks who talk about tennis. Who have these grudges against people rationally on social media? We are the ones perpetuating this at this point. Those two are good and so. I'm hoping that they play in the quarterfinals. I honestly don't care who wins. Some of y'all GonNa be mad about that but what I wanted. They do. Play is for it to go off without a hitch high-quality good stuff. Good feelings finito end of it and for the most part the army is on board with Naomi now and see a lot of Rina's army actually sticking up for Naomi at this point good. I hope so the first quarter. I'm fascinated by this one. Ashburn is leading as the number one seed. She has a reasonable pretty straightforward third round against Rubino who must be one of the most low key twenty nine seats in history or assassin bitch. She's in the final in Hobart. Right now Kina yes. Alison risk or Petra March. Could be in the fourth round. What I'm intrigued by. Is this kind of second section down here with mass and keys. Maria Sakari Patrick Villanova Alexandrova. Joel Teichmann there are a lot of people hanging around here Alexandrova. Just one title in Shanzen. She starts against Jill Teichman who is a a floater who is probably very close to being seeded as a two-time titles last year and intriguing first round here is Madison keys and Kazakina because that can I picked as my one of my breakout slash comeback players twenty twenty. I don't necessarily know that it will happen here but again it's not a name you want to see if your Madison keys. Just because he has the experience of playing top players and indeed being top ten player at one point. She also knows how to meddle with power player. Yes in the Fourth Round keys could face Patrick Villanova. Who is the runner up here? They just played in Brisbane. Madison one in three sets. Where's Bharti would be drawn to play at Petra Martic in the fourth round? If you're looking at this entire top half based on seedings and who should get through it would be Bharti versus Osaka in the semifinals. Should that happen? It would be kind of a A fruition a realization of I think two years ago these two would've played in the third round Australia or the fourth round in Australia and back then we noted that this felt like the future of women's tennis and there are no the number one and number three seeds at the Australian Open. So they've they've come a long way in a short period of time. That said you could have committed Serena and the semi's keys renamed the semi's Kiesel sock in the semi's there. There's a lot of permutations here that would would turn out an intriguing semi-final to my mind. There aren't really a whole bunch of first-round matches up no in this quarter. I don't think you mentioned keys. Kazakh and then I have committed Senio cover in the first round in the bottom half of the draw for the woman in the third quarter. We've got Belinda bench as the number six seed which was higher than I remembered ends. Mona help the number four. We're in Australia. No Switz- BELINDA bench. Oh yes you'll know. Ostapenko was unseated. We mentioned the on the last episode that she just suffered a terrible loss in her family. Her Dad passed away. She is planning on playing no idea what kind of form she's going to be in but nobody wants to face her in the third round a I draw looking at is Maria shot up and Don Beck Age. Wow Maria got that well card to go face done affect in the first row. There was some controversy over the wildcard. And maybe maybe we've done too many trips around the track before that. I didn't even blink an eye at it. It's just it's Maria Sharapova. Whether or not we like it. Of course she's going to get a wildcard. She's won the tournament before. If you are not one of the folks who absolutely believe she should never be allowed back in tennis court because she's a doper then. This should be a no brainer. She's going to be draw their thirsty disgusting men out there who want to look at her and that drives TV markets as well like now. You've been really tough on straight men over these past few episodes and I think they deserve break not all men. I have nothing to come back to write with. It's hard to get a gauge of where Sharapova is at because she lost to who was a well she played the Queen Classic and she was playing Zigmund and they stopped the match. Because of bad air quality was chaperone. Donuts set untitled five all yes but in the first turn of the year she played and she was actually very ill going into the tournament. So it's not really clear. Where her form is that right now sorry? She played Jennifer Brady in her. First round. Brisbane and lost in a third set tiebreak. Jennifer Brady is one to watch as I said last episode. That's not necessarily a bad loss no for Cherono ARENA BLANCA NUMBER. Eleven seed another one. I think is poised to get out of the sophomore slump and is going to do big things this year. She reached the semi final in Adelaide. She beats him on a hell up this week convincingly easily even in the second round she's likely to play. Egos frantic which is not necessarily a good situation for her. Should Maria Sharapova get through that first round she could then play several Lincoln the third round she could play Elza courtenay in the second round. Yes further down that third quarter. I'm looking at Simona playing Jennifer Brady in the first room..
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Body Serve
"To say about her proved to me. You can do it at a major. That's it okay in Auckland in Auckland. You may have heard this. Is the tournament that we followed a lot last week? Right for obvious reasons. We've been talking about it from last year. When we learned that Serena Williams was returning to Auckland the sight of her twenty seventeen fiasco her wind swept meltdown against Madison Bengal during which she was very newly pregnant and didn't know she acted a damn fool in that Bruegel match. Everyone knows that right. I think Serena can even admit that now the fact that this term director managed to get her back to Auckland and she did all these press availabilities. She performed extremely well in this tournament in singles doubles. This is a lot of credit due to that gentleman. There's this weird thing. This weird dynamic that happens with fans of Serena Williams when it comes to w t events in one breath. They've told US historically that they don't matter that Serena can just show up and win at the slams and that's what matters she's only previously one one. Wti International Event in her career this was her seventy third WTA title her second WTI International Title. And while folks will diminish the importance of these wti vents. Because Serena doesn't have as many of them as other greats right she has the slams. The ones that are allegedly really important. We saw that. This was actually very important to Serena. It was since her comeback from having Olympia in twenty eighteen Serena had made five wti finals. They're all big events. Four of them being Grand Slam finals twice Wimbledon twice at the US Open in back to back years twenty eighteen thousand nine hundred and then as well the final of the Rogers Cup last year. Losing all five in straight-sets and so something was afoot with Serena in finals and she gets to the final in Auckland this last week and the start is not great against Jessica Gould and if you were sitting at home thinking well damn if Serena's GONNA lose another final two Jessica Gula than something really is amiss and you'd have been writing them for that but the thing is had she lost in the first round to somebody like I would have thought like. Oh well whatever but in a final you get this okay. She's made it to the final and this is the mental block and if you're following on twitter the army was stressing me out the first three games. Just everybody calm down. She got it together and she won quite easily. When you're favors. In a final of a professional sporting event. This is a happy occasion. I want to remindful right right. Don't take these for granted and listen this tournament clearly. Meant a lot to Serena so do not slag it do not slander Auckland. It seems like a lovely tournament and the people who are extremely happy to be there. It's impeccably run. It definitely the trophy ceremony is so alive so professional employee rich with New Zealand history. It's love it really was lovely. I'm so glad I watched the trophy presentation. Caroline wozniacki partnered with her bff Serena Williams made the final of doubles losing detailer Townsend in Asia. Muhammad Taylor Townsend. Who I think is primed to to really have a breakout year on this tour. She's been honest about her career. She dropped a bombshell on behind the racket that her mom had been stealing her income. Just buried in this long paragraph. I think Taylor has has really turned over. A new leaf. End is ready to like bust out. Big Time Serena and Caroline play doubles together and the get to the final and the entire time every single one of their matches their looks like they're playing an exhibition the entire time because they're having so much fun in that final Serena and wasn't accurate. Don't asset break the broken in the second set to go down a break and on the change over there kicking a storm. Day Are Serena is dying at something that Caroline says to her and good for them for having that experience. It's something that they clearly wanted to do together as friends and they were able to achieve it multiple times over throughout this. I'm happy for Carolina because the Australian is going to be her last tournament as a professional tennis player. This was her final tournament and she got to go deep in singles and doubles and play with her. Best Friend Serena. She made the semi finals in singles. Losing A third-set Bagel to Jessica Gula which is not what we would have foreseen but it happened. And then she came back the next day to play the final with Serena and wasn't able to to win that either but still a fun. Happy Week I would say for her questionable Serena before we move on what you take from this win in being able to extrapolate that further toward the upcoming season. I think I don't know like I don't want to get too deep industry and psyche here but there was clearly a mental block about finals. That she was having trouble overcoming. I think this will lift something in her mind. It will release a little bit of pressure I think for some of those finals fitness wasn't issue. I know people have said well. Fitness was not an issue in those finals all mental. I think there was a bit of both more so in twenty eighteen. She wasn't digging out of corners. She wasn't as quick as she had been previously. And that's not a criticism like I'm not saying that she should be. It's just a. She's thirty eight years old thirty seven at the time. You're saying no. She is fit as she is more fit than she was last year. And I also think winning this match is going to really really help her going forward but it's not a it's not a cure all you still have to get over that. Hump in a major which is very different and the other thing is that she lost those major finals. Too high quality opponents they weren't they weren't nobodies I will say that she got to that semifinal and she saw visions of the two thousand and four Wimbledon final across the courtyard on the other side of the net and she did not take her foot off of Amanda Anisimov his throat. While in that match. Sorry to Amanda but Serena there was a bit of not wanting to crown another young Blonde Woman. And if you want to repeat that fine. I get it. But then also not wanting to crown another American up and comer. She's already lost to Sonia. Kenan at the French Open Right. She's already lost bank undress. You Canadian but still North American starlet. If we want to borrow from the parlance of the eighties and nineties. No you know Serena has a lot of respect for Amanda. She spoke about her at length and press. She has empathy for what? Amanda has gone through over the past year. And so I don't think it's sinister but I think there is an element of you know. I'm tired of of helping these new stars come out like I don't want to be their big win. And I think this match was a reminder to folks that tennis is about matchups amandas game matches up well with what Serino wants to see on the Tennis Court. Amend game is great like that back end is the truth. But it's there's not a whole lot. That's going to hurt Serena. Because she seen it. Like power is not GonNa hurt Serena and when folks say well why she's struggling against Christina. Mchale again maybe Serena just doesn't like that look on the tennis court leisurely. It makes sense like there's this stuff isn't always logical or make sense. It just is able to through Georgia in straight-sets in the first round. She Beats Mikhail in three losing the first again to her. She Beats Zygmunt in the quarterfinals. Before blitzing seem over and then coming back from a slow start to beat PA- Gula in straight-sets in the final so I think coupled with all the time that she spent on the doubles court throughout that week we actually saw some pristine volleying. Some shockers pristine volleying by the of the tournament. This can only serve her well. Yeah I don't see anything. Detrimental to Serena boat this weekend. That can only be good because she has told us that she is coming for twenty twenty yet while the ATP Cup was going on. Doha was the only men's event that survived. And Look. Who won my sleeper fave Andrei Rube Love Ruby? Beat corinto mutate in the final. You're all on Ruby. Your Ruby style. I love him at this point. He won his third title. He's reached career-high number nineteen ranking Montana had a pretty incredible week beating tennis. Sanguine meals roundish Vernassa and Rinca in the semifinals. Ranch you may be surprised to hear the name. He was back in Doha. You've written here that he is kind of the forgotten man in Canadian Times right now and that's so true. It is what we will see. I think for the next two years is a rotation of the Canadian number one whether it be an actual ranking or in the tennis mind's eye yeah right now it's clearly then shop. By a country Mile Felix was not able to bring his best at all at the cup he seems to be regressing a little bit still very young not the end of the world and militias coming back from injury. Milosz could easily given good health. Put his hand up again and be the number one for a little while ago. Yeah I would like to take this opportunity while I don't if I can even get it out. This is this is difficult for me but a lot of folks actually donated to the go fund me with the expressed wish that their dollars could get a thirty four year. Old Frenchman off the blacklist. Yeah out of the Body Serve Hall of. Shame and back to me. Jonathan Newman speaking his name on this podcast. And I'm I'm willing wait me speak. I'm here to tell you that as it turns out I can be bought and I mean I suspected this about myself but it I know this and Joe Wilfred Songo. His Ban has been lifted. Oh my God you can still pronounce his name. I didn't even Friday. I can it? It turns out you. You learn things new about yourself every day. Welcome back Joe. We love you should them. Well that is a bit much. Let's take it in baby steps. I said because I give but then you said we. Yeah you're right you would have said we love you. If you knew how to say that's true we have waited so long to do our season opener that the Australian Open qualifying has started. We're struggling to keep up with news. These fires and the result and smoke in Australia and the major cities in Australia is wreaking havoc on the Australian Open. Which to be clear is is like the least consequential event that has happened because of these fires. People are literally dying. They're losing their homes. Wildlife is being destroyed in the millions. This is a disaster of EPIC PROPORTIONS. And unfortunately we don't know what kind of long-term effects this will have on people we could see respiratory diseases and cancers because of the smoke.
"sonia kenan" Discussed on View from the Cheap Seats
"They're not like no brainer unbelievable athlete and tennis players players to put into one so we're kind of fighting against that and the rest of the world whereas for the young women that we have whether it's cocoa goff Madison listen key McNally you know who played doubles with her Madison Keys Sloan Stevens Coco Vandeweghe the I mean these are all not only you know and they're they're not even number one but they're great athletes right playing tennis? That's right okay so that's that's sort of the x factor in what we're missing in general in in our country and then obviously once you find them then you gotta train them properly and it is it is tougher to make it and all that kind of stuff but I think just that's to me. That's the biggest difference between because we're training our girls the same way we're training our boys for the most part twelve to sixteen seventeen but you know why is it the girl world you know jump right up into the pros any Simova you know of Russian parents background Sonia Kenan you know these are girls that came up through the USDA and in in Florida there their parents came from came from Russia but they grew up in America so I was parents Romanian but she grew up in Canada so so that that's an interesting thing because how your parents train you I think like the parental shift as we are parents of kids of kids around the same age as your kids and I'm I'm in my daughter's in competitive gymnastics and you know you see the parents and my attitude towards this should be fun for you. I don't want I don't want this to be something you are. You know that that this feels like a job to you. Whereas I do think there's an eastern European attitude towards your kids doing stuff which is like a little bit tougher than American parents? You know there's like a there's a point of view that may actually come into this in terms of pushing your kids that hard I was talking back into one of our coaches here at the are Adamy was actually playing with one of my students so we were doing they were doing a practice set and the the the young coach is like a you know play went to college. Let's played college tennis. He's in his late mid late twenties and he's from Bosnia okay so he does all these crazy dropshots spin shots during the set that the practice up their plan so I'm mostly focusing on my student what he's doing a fifteen year old kid so I said to the coach at one point I said do you do all that stuff like when you're playing normally like. Is that how it used used to play like when you were a kid like a high level junior right he's like oh yeah. I used to do all those crazy spins and stuff so I said okay. I just wanted to know if you were just messing around in his practice he goes. I know because one time I played Medvedev me that story. We seven years ago so he's probably twenty four. Maybe he's a little younger so he was probably fifteen or sixteen extended time Medvedev was same age they were playing in the semifinals of a huge junior tournament in Europe and he said he started doing all this because he was cramping in the final set and then Medvedev started crying and whining and he goes yeah his mother came and pulled them off the court and started abusing them attacking them. Wow and I said what I said. What do you mean like like like like yelling on? She goes no like hitting them. I'm like what cheese and he's like yeah she the mother used to like you know. Pull them off the court because he was winding and he was being a baby so she pulled them off the court in the Middle Overmach. I wish I knew this door before the US Open final your so so to your point like you know obviously I'm not GonNa do that with my daughter. No we're no. Are you going to do it with your kid. Nor would we allow our parents to you know at our cat me to do that anything like that or try not Gotcha lease at our academy so you know I guess that's that's kind of what you're describing is the result of progress a little bit but at the same same time the progression of our parental understanding may also be inhibiting the development of the next great star because who knows maybe maybe it's not the way I parent my kid but maybe the all the Times Medvedev's mom pulled them off the court and literally abused him or yelled at him or hit hit him. Maybe he's thinking about that inset three of this. US Open Five. Maybe that's in the back of his brains like saint himself. I gotta I you know he's he starts to motivate himself in that moment who knows what of what an impact that had I mean you know you know obviously people deal with a lot of different things and can be successful. you know no no matter what they go through so you know and look to be to be fair. you know Pete Sampras never went through anything like that no certainly Rafael and the Dow and Roger said you know grew up in you know middle class backgrounds with certainly not worrying about where they're gonNA have their next meal but they were you know they were also in an environment. That was were tennis is a big deal you know so. I think that's the most important thing but I think again you know to me. It's more that these are these are some of the best athletes that they're Europe has to produce has and a lot of them are going into tennis at a young age. I love it by the way thank you so much for all of your insight here it's fascinating. It's interesting I think like tennis as I sat and watched that final I watched the final I had to run out in in the fifth set and I recorded did it and then I came back and watch just the ending and I had to go back and watch it to see how it got to that place so actually like studied it. It's okay where did it 'cause it turned six different times in that final in you guys again covered it so well. Braschi hated the tennis academy. What's the name of tense Kademi in New York in case it'd be well? We're at Randall's island. It's John McEnroe Tennis Academy so started it here about nine years ago when I was still working with the USDA and then when I left the USCCA about three or four years ago you know I was kind of bouncing around looking for the next thing to do in addition to my TV commentary right and you know we were discussing some of my options and he's like listen man. You gotta come here and help me out you know and part of the academy so I've been doing it for three years. There's I really enjoy it. 'cause actually soon as I get off the phone with you. I'll be on the court from one o'clock until eight o'clock tonight just trying to help the kids that helped the coaches and and see our program so we're just office our first week of our kind of new policies fool season and it's a lot of fund to help you know try to help these kids and help the program in general and see if we can we can find anyone that can day. Hey maybe nope that's right baby. You find the next great male star. You never know where female star does not trying to do. I'll put it in your hands to do it because we believe I believe in you. Thank you so much for coming to do the show and ignore the haters on twitter not worth you do a hell of a job Patrick appreciate you brothers having me on so thanks so much all right. We'll talk to you later. Thanks Take Care bye-bye wow incredible McEnroe trick mackin row the McEnroe name to me. He is is the top top notch in the world of tennis and we just had him on and he broke it down. He really broke it down in such a cool way like why the men's game and why the women's game where they are always had ideas about why it's been hard to find Elsa. I don't think I've heard it articulates. WHO's it and I guess because he's on the academy level well? He's seen parents with young kids fascinating fascinating so we're going to sit comeback Janelle do quick. Is there a couple of stories this week that we're fascinating this is she plays Bass it and this is due bee Bee Doo Bee. I think they're gonNA WANNA change the name of the band but I don't know maybe not be right back with more of you from the cheap seats quickest right after this.
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Are we? I didn't think it will. Right. And that one yet. Thinking that I'm familiar with his world? I'm familiar with his existence in the five that he plays doubles with Steph no sits a pass. You know, this is the second time you've received coaching advice on the podcast for Mary Carillo because when we were going through this podcast episodes to clip for the affirmation, British pocus awards that we did not win. We shows a clip of Mary explaining to you. It was the three you'll three rules. You gotta hold serve, you got to have a weapon and higher. We and you've got to hide your weakness that didn't win a war. It was down. And hit a wall officially. No ordway. So let me ask you this. Do you think first of all that drug, which is the apex predator of Ben says, and do you think Serena Williams can get back to that hunger to become? Well yes to question. One Djokovic is unquestionably. I would say the at the moment I mean he's one allows he's one of those three slams and look good today. Looked very good today eighteen then it's a food is not the apex predator tennis. This is going to catch on. I just know it is it the Hunga that's missing from Serena though, if she's just not I don't think I think she's more hurt than she allows. Yeah. I mean totally he's been doing a punching more totally today if he seem that. Okay. Yeah. Kidding till he's just one long sentence. He's everywhere saying, oh, so we knew was never gonna win this slam. She's like she crook. She's never going to happen. Well, I mean, I don't think the beginning hopes up Patrie, she obviously, she's so mad shy. It's, it's she put so much pressure on herself to do something for eight weeks a year. I mean that's, that's a lot. I mean so if it is it possible that of Djokovic? There won't be apex, predator men's tennis. And we'll we'll see more of what we see women's women's sit down. That's what do you think? I mean that could happen. Oh, I'd like to see that happen. I'd like the men to go through a period of having is I think it's just a feeding frenzy. Yeah, it's great fun. Great fun. The, the double that Islam is the Ashburn. Singles doubles double gray with believe it hasn't been done since he Kenny Kafelnikov, did it hasn't been done on either side. Since you've. Gani kafelnikov. Here won the singles doubles Bonzi one three today in three sets over fears Sonia Kenan unin, what to cool. Glad that problem is going to emerge again in the student. I'm sorry. I'm sorry, that she's out. But I need some time to figure out what's a cool her..
"sonia kenan" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"It's Nino Pantic, one of the co host of the show. Joined by NFL Coney. Hey guys, how's it going? We are in the middle of the French Open, Roland Garros, and we have some pretty exciting news to cover. Today is a French Open special episode. It's just the two of us. The most obvious headlines today is that we're recording on Saturday is no you is out sooner Williams is out and they've been absolutely dominated. I would say I think it's safe to say because they both lost in straight-sets. I think we should kick it off with Serena Williams. Because her upset was against an American Safiya Sonia Kenan who are in. I have pretty much known or followed for most of her life, arguably Sonia played absolutely flawless match. I watched it from beginning to end. And in the beginning, you probably thought, okay? You know, Serena's just warming up. She's not playing great. But in all, honestly, I mean Sonia just didn't let Serena really play her game. She was hitting the ball, so deep, she had very little unforced. Bears. And I heard one of the commentators, say something along the lines of you're going to beat. Serena williams. You'd better do it in straight-sets. And she just had this confidence. She had the swagger, she didn't care that it was Serena Williams on the other side of the court. I mean you can definitely tell her age a little bit. She's twenty years old, and it was the funniest thing to watch her. She kept going over to the lines to make sure that the lines were correct in the calls were right? And it was just really funny, because she just had absolutely no fear. What was going on, on the other side, the crowd was actually against her a little bit? And she just went out there and she was just like I'm gonna play my game. I'm gonna drop shots arena. Sh never seen before. And granted, you know, probably did not play her best tennis today, but so near really came out and really played to the occasion. Oh, yes, she absolutely gave it to her, and no point, when she waiting for Serena missed, like you said, it was not Serena's best day, but it wasn't her worst. And I think at the testament to Kenan her mental strength because she just kept coming. After her and swinging even on match points. I mean a hundred percent going for it. This is a kid that's been trained. I think from a young age to be like this to be this tough. Her idol is Maria Sharapova. And I mean, there's no better comparison, Accenture Povo hasn't beaten Serena in over a decade. But nonetheless, there's similarities in how tough that Russian background her data super involve. She is relentless. And it she seems to love the crowd, even if it's against her. I mean I know when she played the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final. She lost. Both those matches was super motion will be could tell she was on the cusp of something great. I just didn't think I didn't think she'd be straight. And I thought that she would especially at five on the second you kind of expect her to, to panic. And instead, she was like, no, I'm going for this. And that is amazing to see. And so fun for the people that were watching the match. I don't know if you guys remember but in the first set, she was up five two and choose adding, and she had a second serve, and they Serena miss the return and they didn't call it out. They said. Game, set and Sonia looked over her her her player box was super pumped. And then the referee comes down circles Amar calls it out. She has to go back and play from deuce. It's very hard to just come back after you think you've won the set and go back to deuce and be like, all right. Have to do it again against Serena Williams. Sesa Kenan is only twenty years old. But she's not the youngest player left in draw. There are two other there are two teenagers, we have IGA Sean TEK. I don't know where the end isn't that in that name? But apparently, that's how you pronounce it. She turned eighteen on Friday. She is twelve years younger than me. I mean I can't even. But honestly, Kenan was a seventeen years younger than three and so, you know what? It's all it's all good. And then Amanda Anisimov is seventeen turns eighteen in August, and she's also through the fourth round these to make it look so so easy. They're just kind of I mean, Sean tech lost a set to Monica peak, six oh. And then just bounces back wins three three burst into tears. Kenan also. Burst into tears. I don't really expect this kind of motion from young players, I kind of expect it from veterans who've like struck. I don't know this when they struggle they come back. They over come all these hurdles with these young kids are so passionate. I mean, I know you know, Sean tech from personal experience at played ego swats at last year in Charleston. There was an eighty K in the states in I remember looking over after the match. I lost the match and I looked over to my croutons like this. Girl's gonna be really good like you guys better, watch out. She's not just somebody that. Oh, it was a bad day for me. No, she actually came out and just she knew how to play the game. She was so clear. I want she was trying to do on the court and when I was watching today against Monica Puig. I mean to be able to come back after being big old in the first set third round, you probably like, all right. Got to pack it in a good run. But to be able to come back and just dominate pretty much and Monica. She's a veteran. She's been playing for a long time. She's. Been in these situations before. So the fact that ego able to come out and yeah, the fact that she was emotional about it not surprised at all. It's not every day for an eighteen year old. I mean, she's seventeen turned just turned eighteen but the fact that she's in the fourth round of the French Open and last year, she's in the qualities of an eighty K that's pretty big. It's huge and she has swagger, I mean something about the way she walks the way she plays the way she acts. It's swag. I think Kenan has a lot of swag. Anisimov also has they all act like they belong here, even though it's probably there. I, I mean it is their first time getting this far. And that's something that you don't think you can really teach that. I mean you can probably ingrain confidence, and Kansas or growing up, but to have sway on a global stage is, is a testament to who they are. And how they've been brought up. I think the fact that they have swag at this age is also amazing to me, just because it's very easy to get caught up in the moment. You win. You beat Serena Williams. Okay. Great like that's one of the biggest wins of your career. What not? But there's a match in two days, there's a tournament next week like it's going to be old news and to be able to come back and consistently do. Well, I mean, all these three girls were talking about they're consistently doing well so it just goes to show that they're all very mature for their ages. I mean, we shall see what happens when they have to defend all these points in the next couple of years, but I wouldn't be surprised that they have long careers. He it's a great point. I think things things always look so amazing. The first time you do it. It's the part of defending and getting used to your new status. So speaking of that Niamey Osaka lost Katharina senior Cova, who is known for being double number one. But she said, lethal singles player, there's no doubt, but there was a moment where ninety loss of Fritz at six four and tennis channel staff. And I were messaging, and we're all kind of like oh, you know what? Me might still win this, like, we kind of have that faith in her because she won the Australian Open. She won the US open. She's a top seed, you kind of expect that, and that's brutal for her to have to deal with. Because now the disappointment is bigger and she said in her press conference how she didn't feel. She felt this lamb was different. She wasn't just going out there and having fun and enjoying herself, she had all this pressure and kind of Zion intention, and that's something these young players haven't had yet might not have for a few years, a little bit older, and obviously number one in the world. Well, you surprised by her loss. I mean, she did make a comment she said that she has been relaxed this whole tournament, and that the French Open was a little bit of a weight on her just getting that third slam in a row. I mean she's still so young. I understand that the Serena Williams in the Martina hang uses. I mean they had no problem being number ones that their early ages. But at this stage where Tennessee's right now Naomi has everybody gunning for her. I mean just a few weeks after winning the Australian Open. I believe she lost Kristina Mladenovic. And there's just going to be matches and tournaments every week. So I struggle when the media and commentators like freak out over one match. Oh my God. I can't believe like guys don't worry too long career or schooling to be another match. She will face senior Cova again. And chances are Mike go her way. But that's the beauty about heaven's. Like there's always a tournament next week that she can come out and play well. And if it doesn't go well, there's another one after that. I mean, I think she'll be absolutely okay. You make a great point the years so long their careers you're so along and the media pressure is so fast and furious very much aware of that being a thing, and I think I think she'll be okay, especially given the way things are going for her even making the third round. I mean that's so not bad. At the end of the day, like slow a respectable week. I agree in the fact. That in the first two matches that she had. I mean it wasn't a cakewalk. She was down. I think she was two points away from losing her first match. And then in the second match she was also a tough three setter. It hasn't been easy. So the fact that she was able to overcome those two matches that should be a winning itself, it, should it should it might not feel that way to her. But it should. So senior now gets to play Madison keys in the fourth round meeting. One of them is into the quarter-finals. I mean Madison to someone that we know is your neighbor someone that you text emojis to after she plays matches someone that made the semi-finals last year. I mean how cool is it watching your friend do? Well, absolutely awesome. Just to see that. Oh, hey, I made sure to take care of her plans today, and she's also playing in the third round of French Open. I mean, I'm just so happy to be able to like support someone and not bef- rooting out because it's very hard to support an opponent that, you know, you're playing against every single week and they're trying to take your lunch money. But. We've become such good friends, and to be able to see her on screen. I mean, it's, it's pretty cool, and she's been playing great tennis just super excited that she's been able to find someone that is clicking with her with regards to her coach. She decided to take up onto Darrow, aka Nacho whom she worked with, like years ago. And the fact that they were able to kind of reconnect and do well together so quickly. I think it's great for her, and she seems really happy, and she's out there balling, it's important to have that, right. Support system and it looks like things are clicking because even though she lost second-set against Priscilla Han. And she lost the second-set as well on Saturday. She looked in control the match kind of time we watched our lose both those sets. But it was like, no, no. I think she's got this. I really think she's got this. And she looked like she had it. And that's also super important because these matches are tough red clay. It's tough. I mean I was just down there in lake Nona saw the red clay courts talk. To her coaches brother about the red clay, not somewhere where Madison got to prepare and get ready for a genuine European red clay is so hard to find in America. Hence why the Americans don't exactly do that. Well in Paris. I mean, we had five American woman play the third round, but zero American men in the third round. So maybe Americans gets more clay. But until then, that's okay Madison can keep pushing this and see a Kenan as well. And anisimov. I mean, the movements draw is wide open. Right. But the men's draw kind of feels like we've probably going to have a repeat champion. Well, I mean, I'm not gonna lie to be pretty fricking amazing to see a rough on at all win yet another slam. I mean he's, he's made so many milestones, like you can't even count them all. Because there's just so amazing. But he made such a great comment. He goes, you guys make such a big deal that, you know, I'm so good on clay. But I've had some pretty good results on hard and decent results on grass indoor not so much, but I mean it just. Attributes the fact that he is such an all court player, and I mean he may not love it when people constantly say he's the king of clay, but I'm pretty sure I what mine having that crown. If I was him, I absolutely would not mind having eleven rolling girls titles. He's obsessed with grass, so even when he was a junior, he was talking about how Wimbledon favourite tournament, and that always throws me off. I'm like, what are you talking about Russia? You are the king of clay, but we did a poll Mary Carillo brought this up the other day, and obviously, it's a just not because Serena's not part of it anymore..
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"Is podcast. Thanks for joining us. Our guest is week is Sonia. Kenan top forty American. Twenty year old has already won one title is here in Hobart, and is playing some very nice feisty, steady tennis fun conversation. She was in Madrid. She had the misfortune of drawing Petric Viva the defending champion in the first round. So she had some time to kill. We'd been talking about doing this for a few weeks. So we we made time this is a fun conversation with a likable up and coming player. Here's from drid. Here's Tony Kenan. Welcome. How are you? I'm doing well. How are you? Good. Thanks. We're going to call you Sonia's. Okay. That's fine. Of course, we're going to get out of the way. I think I told you this an Indian well, somebody wrote to me, and they said, what do you think about the the Kennan sisters so fee and Sonya and I had to explain that. It's it's one person with with the nickname. There's yeah, there's just one just one. I where is that one person? Where are you right now? Well, there's one person is in Madrid right now. And I'm going to get ready for row, and then clink Strasbourg and Paris. So kind of busy. So you you're basically playing every week through the French Open. Now, basically. Yeah. Yeah. I think is good for for French. And then we will you come back for the grass or do you? Stay in Europe. I'll come back home for the grass and then. Yeah. Just start my grass in my yorker, you'll play that my worker event before Wimbledon. Yeah. Okay. And then Eastbourne, and then Wimbledon, of course, you're telling me, you you don't have access to a grass court in in Florida. You'll practice for the grass on a hardcourt. Yeah. I don't have any access on on the grass courts in Florida 'cause there's no grass. So I guess the best thinks to do is just a practice on hard. Like, I've always been doing. So don't slide. We we're going to we're going to try and get you onto Jack Nicklaus's court, whereas the Austin that would really be awesome. So so you had a rough drawn Madrid. We're talking on Tuesday first match out of the gate. You know, sometimes you get nice draws sometimes you get Petric Viva in round one. What the next week like for? You mean, you're you're an ocean away from home. How do you how do you spend that next week? Let me just practicing and I'm trying to find practice with girls. You know, just, you know, getting used to the red clay and everything ready for my next upcoming journalists because you know, I mean, yeah, it was a it was a tough job playing Patrie. If she's a great player and are melting her own I mean, hopefully, I can do well and like stern amounts and just looking forward to compete out there. You are now top forty. I was. Yeah. When when you're when you're top when when you get that seating at a major when your top thirty two you are guaranteed your first two matches. You're not gonna play anyone ranked higher than you are which you know. It's a night. You're suddenly, you're you're in the third round is is that something the players think about I mean, are you are you looking at that seating list for the French Open or is that not in your phone? I mean. Yeah, I regret to be seated there, I'm not really going to try to focus on that. You know, don't wanna put extra pressure myself. But of course, there's a big pluses when you're seated on a grand slam, you know, you always get a cord on site. You know, you like you said, you know, you're not gonna play a CD player until like third round. So that's that's always helpful and makes his way easier. But you know, it's you know, anyone can beat anyone on any given day there. So you know, we're just how ever you prepare yourself. And how mental end the mostly ready how you're ready, and then it actually doesn't really matter. But obviously see it is is big pluses. I was looking for your for your contact info on my phone, and I was going through emails, and I saw from two thousand seventeen you know, junior champion Kenan to play Maria Sharapova..
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"Winston's time seven forty five from the WFAN sports task marker ridge in another Australian Open match in other Australian Open win for Serena Williams needed just over an hour. Earlier this morning to finish off a six two six two second round victory against Jeannie Bouchard may time the top seed Simona Halep needed three sets to get by American Sonia, Kenan, Sacramento. Keys in Venus Williams, also advanced right now men's number one. Novak Djokovic wrapping up day four leads Jo Wilfried Sanga a and five three the fourth. Seed Sasha's vary was up two sets. But he's going to a fifth now against Jeremy Shari back here at home break up the nets behind by eight points late fourth quarter in Houston last night. They wouldn't stay behind all three. Court off long three. What ties the game seconds to go rockets? Do not call a timeout. Five seconds to go harden. Top of New York three. Tied after trailing by seven. The nets rallied again scored the final ten points in stunned the rockets one forty five one forty two Chris Carino on the fan Dinwiddie finished with a team high thirty three James harden the season I fifty eight in defeat Houston shot a record seventy three's only made twenty three teams combined to put up a record one hundred six shots behind the arc may jam on the college courts and the rebound into the hands of headed appeal again. Has failed. One fourteen to in Saint John's ahead now eighty one to sixty four was their high water, Mark,.