After advancing to the 2020 French Open women’s semifinals on Wednesday, Sofia Kenin was asked if there was a word that summed up what she loved so much about tennis.
The 21-year-old American didn’t hesitate.
“Winning, definitely,” she said. “That’s my answer.”
Kenin has never hidden her desire to win titles or become the best in the world, but to hear it said so succinctly proved her win-at-all-costs mentality. She backed that up Thursday in Paris with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to advance to her second career major final.
“She deserved to win for sure today,” said Kvitova, who hadn’t dropped a set all tournament entering the match. “She was just better.”
Having won the Australian Open in February, Kenin now has a chance to win her second Grand Slam and rise to No. 3 in the rankings. She hopes to become