Australian Open holder Sofia Kenin admits that the upcoming pre-event 14-day COVID quarantine period will be the first major challenge of her Grand Slam title defence.
The 22-year-old who is headlining this week as the WTA season begins in Abu Dhabi, is preparing to tough out hotel-room isolation – five hours per day allowed for training, physio and eating – from mid-month as the entire player field is locked down in Melbourne prior to the rescheduled February 8 start of the major.
“Living in the bubble is not the easiest thing,” she said, “but hey, at least we are able to compete.
“I’ve been working hard in training. Everything will be the same except for the bubble life.”
Kenin, who lost the autumn Roland Garros final to Polish teenaged breakthrough Iga Swiatek, added: “(Quarantine) is not the most ideal situation, but I’m happy to be travelling.
“We’re trying to keep everything as normal as possible “
The American called Australia’s no-nonsense COVID restrictions rules “quite harsh, but it’s crazy what’s going on with the virus. I just hope with the vaccines that the virus is done.
“2021 will be different, but i want to do well in Melbourne and focus on the Slams.”