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"I'm always hard on myself": Kenin downplays growing expectations

"I'm always hard on myself": Kenin downplays growing expectations

The world No. 7 will play her first WTA event since winning the Australian Open, opening with the in-form Elena Rybakina on Tuesday.

Winning a Grand Slam requires a lot of hard work, and apparently so does adjusting the aftermath of winning one.

Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open, says the changes have been a lot more off the court. The 21-year-old participated in Fed Cup the week following her victory, and is now returning to competition as one of the top attractions for this week's WTA event at Dubai.

"It's just more stuff to do. Everything is about the same. I'm still practicing, still working hard. Just going to keep grinding it," Kenin said ahead of the tournament

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And those extra activities were also what helped her grasp the significant of her victory.

"I think when I was in the photo shoot, I already figured that I'm a Grand Slam champion. Yeah, super exciting," she said.

But it's not all off the court. Kenin is also getting a lot of extra attention on court, but says, "I learned about myself, a lot of things," and won't change her approach to the game.

"It's different, obviously. It's a different pressure. You have more expectations," she said. "I'm always hard on myself. So it's nothing really different."

Kenin, who is No. 7 in the rankings, will face Elena Rybakina in her opener on Tuesday.