Pembroke Pines' Kenin, 17, earns berth in U.S. Open

For the second consecutive year, Sonya Kenin has earned a main-draw berth in the U.S. Open.

Kenin, a longtime resident of Pembroke Pines, was the overall points leader in the USTA Pro Circuit's U.S. Open Wild Card Challenge three-tournament series. She clinched the wild card by winning the $50,000 FSP Gold River Challenger in Sacramento two weeks ago.

Last year Kenin, 17, received a wild card into the U.S. Open by winning the USTA Girls' 18s national title. Kenin, currently ranked 248th in the world, lost her first-round match last year 6-3, 6-1 to Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.

After getting knocked out of the main draw, Kenin, who prefers "Sonya" to her given name Sofia, competed in the U.S. Open Junior Championships and reached the singles final. Kenin, who reached the junior Wimbledon quarterfinals last month, has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the ITF world junior rankings.

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