The win puts Kenin into the third round at the US Open for the fourth year in a row. The American has come up short against top players like Maria Sharapova (2017), Karolina Pliskova (2018) and Madison Keys (2019) at this stage in the past.
There were also many hand sanitizing points and people were asked to keep two meters distance from one another.
"BWF's highest priority remains the health and safety of all players and personnel participating in upcoming international tournaments," it said.
"I think lots of people didn't think it was possible to throw a javelin more than 95 meters in a closed stadium. I did it and I think there is a lot space for improvement. Very small differences, tiny differences, can make a difference of many meters."
Kenin has won her last 10 major main draw matches after hoisting her first Grand Slam title at this year's Australian Open, but the Belgian proved too strong for her, advancing after just 74 minutes.
Kek acknowledged that there are still problems in creating opportunities, but said four points were a good tally for the start of the competition.
The home side almost grabbed a winner in the dying seconds, only to see Zahavi's last-ditch effort cannon off the post.
However, seven of the players tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after their arrival in camp.
"Athletics Kenya is providing them with all the required logistical support for a smooth and safe conduct of these activities in line with health guidelines of our government. We are hundred percent committed to supporting the AIU in its aim of protecting the integrity of our sport," it said.
The pandemic forced clubs to develop creative concepts to stay in close contact with fans and partners worldwide. "Virtual tours run by several clubs have been a great success," he added.
It was a tough day for all cyclists as the mountainous stage 8, a 141km ride to Loudenvielle, featured three challenging ascents which scattered the peloton.