Kenin to seek guidance from Novak

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    SOFIA Kenin has never defended a Grand Slam title before, but the reigning Australian Open champion said that she will seek advice from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic if she feels the pressure is too much to handle.

    Kenin won her maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne last year which set the American on course to break into the top 10 and claim the WTA Player of the Year award.

    The 22-year-old, who was also the French Open runner-up, is currently ranked fourth in the world and will be among the top seeds in Melbourne when the event gets underway on Feb. 8.

    “I definitely think I can talk to Novak. . . I think that will be helpful since we’re both defending champions,” Kenin told reporters ahead of the Abu Dhabi Open, a warm-up tournament before the Australian Open.

    “He did give me great advice ahead of the final (last year) since we were practicing next to each other.”

    Kenin, who was seeded 14th last year, came back from a set down to beat Spain’s two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in the final.

    “He came up to me and he was really nice about it and told me some things before the final which was special because I was crazy nervous,” Kenin added.