Sofia Kenin will be glad to escape nearly two months of life in the COVID tennis bio-bubble after losing Saturday’s final at the French Open.

January’s winner of the Australian Open trophy, went down 6-4, 6-1 to Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros.

While the setback is disappointing – Kenin had to take treatment on a leg injury which had bothered her for several rounds – it ends her truncated WTA season which has only a few more scheduled events in this one-off pandemic situation.

“I miss being outside the bubble, it feels like I’ve been in the bubble for, like, months. But it’s been only a few tournaments,” the 21-year-old said.

And her upcoming plans: “I can go out finally, do some shopping, somehow try to go back to normal life,” the Florida-based player said.

Kenin will skip the upcoming Ostrava event in the Czech republic to give her leg injury some healing time.

There is only one additional tournament scheduled anyway, indoors in Austria in November with the Finals in Shenzhen off the menu due to the virus.

Kenin is already turning her thought to her Australian title defence – which is almost certain to require a 14-day quarantine and a December arrival in Melbourne,

“Obviously I know about the quarantine, two weeks. I haven’t thought about it at all. I know that’s what it is,” she said.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, I’m taking one day at a time. 

“I’m pretty sure I’ll do the quarantine, we’ll I have to figure out my schedule.”


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